Repairing a roof can be costly but replacing it will certainly have you spending thousands on a new roof making maintenance an absolute must in order to prevent unnecessary expenses. The typical lifespan of a multifamily roofing system can average anywhere from 20-50 years so maintaining your multifamily roof will contribute to its longevity.
Keeping Your Multifamily Roof Cleared
Clear Away Debris– Part of this process is dependent upon the location of your multifamily housing. If your units are surrounded by trees then the roofing will need to be checked on a regular basis to clear away any fallen debris like tree limbs, needles or foliage. Checking the gutter system is also very important as a clogged gutter system can cause water to start seeping into your roof.
Moss Removal– In wetter climates moss prevention is key. Zinc treatments are often used as a way to prevent and remove moss from roofing materials. Taking preventative measures before moss becomes a problem is ideal but even if moss has begun to grow on your roofing system these treatments often work well at removing the moss growth. Regular treatments will be necessary to prevent future problems.
Check Everything On Your Roof– Clearing away visible debris can be quick but it’s important that while you are clearing away any debris that you give a closer look to all the vents, skylights, joints, fans and flashing to make sure that these are also cleared from the debris and still in good condition.
Understanding How Different Weather Patterns Affect Your Roof
High Winds– High winds can cause all sorts of problems with your system. These winds can blow tree branches onto the roof that can puncture through the roofing material leaving your roofing vulnerable. Shingles can be blown off or become damaged due to excessive winds compromising the roofing system. Your roof is there to offer protection from the elements but when the roofing materials are damaged or destroyed the system is no longer able to function at its optimal.
Rainy Weather– Heavy rain or rain over long periods of time can find its way too weak areas of your roofing system which is why routine maintenance is pivotal in damage prevention. Once rain infiltrates your roofing system a myriad of issues can occur. Leaks can lead to mold and mildew growth throughout different parts of your multifamily structure becoming very costly. Water can also come into contact with your electrical system becoming a fire hazard and dangerous for those living in the vicinity. Checking your roofing system prior to rainy seasons can help prevent these problems from occurring.
High Heat– High temperatures are often absorbed into your roofing materials especially materials that are darker in color. These high temps can cause chemical reactions within your roofing materials as well as contraction and expansion which all, in turn, cause the construction of the roofing materials to break down faster. Over time this can affect the structural integrity of the roofing system. Making sure that there is proper ventilation within the attic spaces of your multifamily housing will help in dispersing this heat.
Snow And Ice– Snow does not typically pose a problem unless there is already a lack of structural integrity in the roofing system. It’s usually when the snow starts to melt and then freeze again when problems can occur. If snow melts and then freezes soon after this can cause ice dams which add to the weight of the snow on your roof but can also damage flashing and gutter systems. Freezing weather can also cause roofing materials to crack if they have not been maintained properly or are past their lifespan. Cracks in roofing materials can lead to water damage and it seeps in through the cracks.
Always Invest In Routine Maintenance
Routine maintenance is a preventive method that will be more cost-effective in the long run. Roofing repairs can be costly but they are nothing compared to replacing an entire roofing system. Hiring someone to come out and provide routine maintenance is money well invested. Often, roofing issues are dealt with as needed which can be unnecessary. Taking preventative measures to constantly assess the roofing system of your property is the ideal and more efficient approach with multifamily roofing.
These are just a few tips for maintaining your multifamily roof that can help save you money by avoiding unnecessary repairs or replacements.