Debunking Common Myths Regarding Roof Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your commercial roofing or industrial roofing system is absolutely essential, especially if it’s showing any signs that repairs are needed. Unfortunately, there are a number of myths regarding roof maintenance out there, that have steered some building owners away from investing time and money into proper maintenance.

We wanted to take a look at some of the most common and potentially costly roof maintenance myths, so that we can help to debunk them…


Myth 1: You’ll be covered by your roof warranty

It can be tempting to put off any essential maintenance on your commercial roofing or industrial roofing system, especially when you think you’ll be covered for any damage under a warranty. However, this can end up turning into a very costly mistake, because although commercial and industrial roof warranties cover a range of things, from materials to workmanship, there are exclusions.

Typically, regular wear and tear, or damage from things like ponding water are excluded. So, having a strong warranty in place is no excuse to forego regular maintenance.


Myth 2: If you can’t see any damage, there isn’t any

Perhaps you’ve never actually seen any signs of damage or leaking on your roofing system, but that doesn’t mean everything is totally fine. This is why getting a professional roof survey by trained roofing contractors can make all the difference. Roofing contractors with years of experience can spot any subtle signs that your roof may need repairs, and can then address any areas of concern before they become a bigger problem.

Regular inspections by professionals should be carried out once or twice a year at least. As this preventative roof maintenance will save you for more time and money than relying on reactive maintenance.


Myth 3: Hot sunny weather won’t ever damage the roof

Harsh weather conditions, especially in the winter months, can cause a number of problems for any commercial roofing or industrial roofing system. But even hot sunny days can eventually lead to damage, especially when there’s a lack of sufficient roof maintenance. UV radiation can damage your roof material, and gradually breakdown its molecular structure over-time.

It’s always a good idea to perform regular maintenance, such as keeping drains open, and making sure any rooftop equipment is working properly. This will help to slow any decay in your roof because of the sun’s rays. Try to avoid a lot of footfall on your roof as well to help keep it in good condition.


Myth 4: Guttering isn’t related to roof maintenance

Maintaining your industrial and commercial roof guttering is an essential part of your overall roof maintenance. When the roof guttering is neglected it can become clogged, which stops it from being able to drain rainwater away from the rooftop. When the water can’t be drained away from the roof, a multitude of problems can develop, including flooding to the building’s foundations, which can compromise its structural integrity.

Also, standing water can occur when the guttering isn’t functioning, leading to roof sagging, increased leaking, and a build up of moss. Gutters should never be viewed as separate from the roofing system, and they should be given the same level of maintenance care and attention.
At NWIR, our highly accredited roofing contractors can carry out a free roof survey to make sure you’re up to date with all of your roof maintenance. You can also take advantage of our other award-winning services, by simply contacting us today on 0800 046 1500.