The roof on a large, commercial building can require specialized treatment to keep it from leaking or becoming compromised in any way. There are several things to remember when caring for the roof that will keep the membrane in good condition and also prevent leaks from occurring.
Always use compatible materials – Always use materials that work well with one another. For example, you can’t fix a single-ply membrane roof with plastic cement. They aren’t compatible. If you have questions about what types of materials work well together, call a roofing professional and ask before trying to use them for repairs.
Use sprays sparingly – Too much spray coating can result in excess weight. Not only is weight dangerous for a slightly sloped or slanted roof, it can actually damage areas where it is applied heavily. If you use too much spray, the damage you cause may work against you if you file an insurance claim.
Keep drains clear – Always keep debris away from drains and gutters. When you apply spray coatings, cover the drains to prevent them from being sealed shut. Every time the roof is inspected, make sure to clear away any twigs, leaves or other debris that may have accumulated since the last inspection.
Keep sections of conduit, electric cords and receptacles clear – Never spray or spread coating on areas that may need to be accessed later. Lightly apply around them and as close to them as possible, but never cover or compromise them.
If something needs repaired, fix it right the first time – Don’t just apply coatings or seal holes. Make sure all of the proper steps are taken to clean and seal the area appropriately.