Colorado business owners know our state’s weather can be unpredictable. In the span of a week, we can experience 60-degree sunshine and freezing blizzards. This weather can and will wear down your roof over time.
A damaged or leaking roof can lead to many long-term consequences for your company. Tectum Roofing, Colorado’s most trusted roofing company, has seen the headaches a damaged roof can cause. Some include water-damaged computer equipment, onsite injuries, and health risks for employees.
How does a roof go from structurally sound at construction to leaky and damaged five years later? Here are three major causes of roof damage in Colorado.
Roof expansion & contraction due to Temperature
All materials expand and contract depending on temperature. In cold weather, your roof will shrink. In warm weather, your roof will expand. In springtime, for example, a roof can go through the expansion/contraction cycle dozens of times. The movement, while small, will eventually lead to cracks and fissures in building materials. Single-ply roofing is especially susceptible to roof expansion.
Hail Impact/ Wind Uplift
Colorado is known for its heavy hail storms and high winds. It is the state with the second highest number of weather related claims each year. With some hailstorms dropping stones the size of baseballs, or your roof going through a 100 mph+ wind storm, your roof can suffer severe damage.
Finally, the sun’s UV rays will slowly degrade your roof overtime. Colorado is known for its sunshine (even if you don’t quite believe it’s unofficial “300 days of sunshine” slogan). The altitude also increases the effects of UV rays due to the thinner atmosphere. This constant bombardment of radiation makes a regular maintenance schedule necessary.
How can Colorado business owners get the most out of their roofs? Tectum Roofing recommends three maintenance steps.
The first key to extending the life of your roof is to visually inspect your roof. This doesn’t just mean looking for holes after a hailstorm. It means periodically checking the surface for cracks, deterioration, and leaks. But the outer roof is only one part of the inspection. A vigilant business owner should also check the underside of the roof, which means having someone inspect storage spaces and other areas directly under the roof itself as well as mechanical equipment on the roof.
If you notice something isn’t right during your roof inspection, you’ll need to quickly repair the issue. Remember, the sooner you repair your roof, the more money you save in the long run. A roof that is not properly maintained could have to be completely replaced compared to overlaying the system with a new roof.
Eventually, every roof needs to be replaced. A roof replacement can be a business owner’s nightmare since costs often reach tens of thousands of dollars. What’s worse, many business owners do not inspect or repair their roofs. The replacement costs come as a surprise and there isn’t a budget set aside to cover these repairs.
Maintain Your Commercial Roof through the Tectum RAM Program
As a Colorado business owner, you’re busy making sure your operation runs efficiently. That’s why Tectum Roofing helps you stay ahead of their maintenance schedule with the Roof Asset Management (RAM) Program. The RAM Program provides peace of mind by setting out a five-year roof maintenance plan. A certified technician will come out to your commercial property and provide in-depth insights into the state of your roof. During the course of your schedule, we will provide regular maintenance.
The RAM Program means no financial surprises. Under the guidance of our professionals, you’ll be able to accurately budget for commercial roof costs and expenses. Save money without stress and uncertainty. It’s why Colorado business owners partner with the Tectum Roofing RAM Program.