Whether you're tired of fixing your existing roof, or you've just moved into a new multi-family property and want to maintain it, there are things you can do to reduce the possibility of commercial roof repairs.
Install Proper Equipment Supports
When it comes to equipment, you want to even weight distribution across the roof. This is especially true if the equipment vibrates, such as HVAC systems. Install proper equipment supports, and you won't need to worry about the weight or movement of the equipment. Keep in mind that equipment is going to accumulate weight on the roof, too—consider elements like snow and water, leading to a heavier roof structure overall.
Reduce Foot Traffic and Install Walkways
If you don't have walkways on your roof, maintenance is likely to walk everywhere. Over time, that contributes to unnecessary wear and tear. Instead, install walkways: special, protected areas that are intended for foot traffic. Make sure that maintenance crews use these walkways specifically.
Not only is that going to protect the surface of your roof, but it's going to protect your workers, too. Your workers are most likely to get hurt if they are close to the edges of the roof, or if they trip and fall over something they didn't expect. Keeping walkways visible and clear, and marking paths away from the edges of the roof, will help.
Limit Access to the Roof
People are naturally drawn to roofs, it's true. From critters to contractors, it’s a delicate area of your home that should be protected. Limit access to the roof to only maintenance personnel if you want to avoid unnecessary damage, both to the roof itself and to the equipment on top of it. Keep the doors locked at all times (though, make sure that people can still get off the roof: it's a fire hazard otherwise).
Waterproof Your Roof
Special sealants and barriers can be used to make sure your roof is appropriately waterproofed. Water drainage is by far the largest issue with a commercial roof. Over time, water ends up finding its way into small cracks, working its way into the interior of the building and causing persistent staining, mold, and structural damage.
The waterproofing of your roof should be renewed and tested from time to time, and any potential leaks should be followed up with immediately.
Add Protective Coatings
If you're in an area that has a lot of sunshine, consider adding protective coatings to your roof. There are coatings that are intended to reduce heat damage, as well as insulating the roof from hot and cold. This has the bonus of reducing your energy expenditures and improving your waterproofing.
Multi-family property roof repairs are a key component to the health and longevity of your building. Inspecting your roof regularly, waterproofing it, and otherwise protecting it from damage will protect the internal structure of your building too. For more information about roof protection and roof upgrades, consult with Exterior Medics.