Planned Preventative Maintenance – What can you do to prevent major roofing problems?

As a business owner, regardless of what the problem is, the last thing you want to do is have to fork out lots of your hard earned money to fix a problem that could have either been prevented or minimised.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to read that we frequently have to deal with issues where preventable measures could have been taken to reduce major roofing problems.

Regardless of how often we advise our customers, we find it very difficult to get business owners to take planned preventative maintenance seriously. The truth is, it will save your business a significant amount of time, money and frustration.

So, what can you do to prevent major roofing problems?

On site regular visual checking

It’s recommended to train your estates and janitorial team to spot early signs of roofing problems both inside your commercial property and on the exterior. If you do not have a janitorial team it’s worthwhile putting in place a reporting structure so all your employees can report issues when they are spotted.

Interior visual checks

On the ceilings and walls look out for damps spots and discolouring, which is likely to be early signs of water ingress and is usually a result of a roofing issue. As soon as this is spotted it’s absolutely crucial to contact an industrial roofing contractor.

Exterior visual checks

If it is safe, and your team have the correct safety equipment and training to do so, you could also perform some basic exterior visual checks on the roof and surrounding roof area. Keep a close eye out for loose fixings and roof coverings as well as perished and torn skylights and other fittings. Also look out for areas where water is collecting as well as damaged or blocked guttering.

In some cases you may be able to look out of the upper floor windows of your commercial property and perform some visual checks of your roof from above, which will also minimise the safety risk for you and your team.

If anything looks out of place, damaged or in need of repair, your estates and janitorial team could take a few pictures of any issues, email them to us, and we would advise on the next steps.

Planned preventative maintenance

Educating and training your on site team to check for early signs of roof repair can be a very good method of preventing major roofing issues, and as a result you may only have to make small repairs instead of a full roof replacement. However, you may not have a dedicated team or your roof may require specialist access by a professional industrial contractor.

Annual planned preventative maintenance

For most commercial properties annual planned maintenance is normally adequate enough to prevent any major roofing issues. This involves a visit once per year and a full visual check of the interior and exterior areas affected by the roof, followed by a report and recommendations.

Biannual planned preventative maintenance

In some special cases it may be appropriate to check your roof twice per year. This is likely to be the case if your property is in a coastal location where roofing materials deteriorate faster due to weather conditions.

Extreme weather conditions

As a side note, it is also important to make sure that visual checks take place immediately after extreme weather conditions. As mentioned above, if it is not suitable for your janitorial or estates team to perform these checks we highly recommend hiring a professional roofing contractor to perform the necessary checks of you.

Your turn

  1. Do you currently have planned preventative maintenance in place?
  2. Do you think you would benefit from regular roof checks and maintenance?
  3. Are your team trained to look out for early signs of roofing issues?

Are looking for a professional industrial roofing contractor to carry out planned preventative maintenance for your commercial property? If so, please call Industrial Roofing Scotland today on 01592 372573.

Have a great day,

Jamie.