Adding new equipment to your facility’s roof? Important factors to consider.

Adding new equipment to a roof can be a complex process, and there are several important factors to consider before proceeding. Some of the key factors to keep in mind include:

1. Weight capacity: It’s important to make sure that the roof can support the weight of the new equipment without risking damage or collapse. You should consult with a structural engineer to determine the weight capacity of your roof and whether any modifications need to be made to support the equipment.

2. Building codes and regulations: Building codes and regulations vary by location, and you’ll need to make sure that any new equipment meets local codes and regulations. This may include obtaining permits, adhering to setback requirements, and ensuring that the equipment is installed by licensed professionals.

3. Roof access: You’ll need to consider how the equipment will be installed and serviced, as well as how it will be accessed. This may involve adding walkways or platforms to the roof or ensuring that ladders or other access points are in place.

4. Maintenance and repair: It’s important to consider the ongoing maintenance and repair needs of the equipment, as well as how it will be accessed for these purposes. You may need to plan for regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs and ensure that there is a safe and efficient way to access the equipment.

5. Compatibility with existing equipment and roof system: If you’re adding new equipment to an existing system, it’s important to ensure that the new equipment is compatible with the existing components. This may involve making modifications or upgrades to the existing system to ensure compatibility. New roof flashing needs to be compatible with the existing roof system and installed
by a qualified, approved contractor.

Overall, adding new equipment to a roof requires careful planning and consideration to ensure that the equipment is installed safely and effectively. It’s important to work with experienced professionals who can help you navigate the process and ensure that all necessary factors are taken into account.

Cole Roofing has the competence and capacity to assist with your evaluation.

Commercial roofing technologies are still evolving

Even as Cole Roofing has passed the 100-year mark, new technologies for an older industry still
evolve. Here are a few to deploy:

1. Drones for roofing inspections: Commercial roofing companies can use drones equipped with cameras to conduct roof inspections. This can reduce the time and cost associated with traditional roof inspections and provide more accurate data for decision-making.

2. Thermal imaging cameras: These cameras can be used to detect moisture and energy loss in commercial roofs. This can help identify potential issues before they become major problems.

3. Roof coatings: Advanced roof coatings can reflect sunlight and reduce the temperature of the roof, resulting in lower energy costs and increased durability of the roof.

4. Solar roofing: some commercial roofing companies offer solar roofing solutions that generate electricity and reduce the energy costs for their clients. Our associated company, Gordian Energy Systems can provide you with a complete assessment of your roof’s fit for solar.

5. Mobile apps: Roofing companies can develop mobile apps for their clients to make it easier to schedule appointments, track the progress of their project, and communicate with the roofing company.

Implementing new technology can help commercial roofing companies improve their services, reduce costs, and improve customer experience.

Commercial Roof Maintenance for the Spring

Take a look at five steps you can take this Spring to help maintain your commercial roof:

  1. Inspect the Roofthe first step in maintaining a commercial roof in the spring is to inspect it thoroughly. Check for any signs of damage, such as cracks, leaks, or missing shingles, and assess the overall condition of the roof. Look for any areas where water may be pooling, which can lead to leaks and other problems.
  2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Spring is a good time to clean out the gutters and downspouts of your commercial building. Remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter, such as leaves, twigs, and other debris. This will ensure that water can flow freely and won’t back up onto the roof.
  3. Check Seals and Flashings: Seals and flashings are essential components of a commercial roof that help to prevent leaks. Check these areas for any signs of damage, such as cracks or gaps, and repair them as needed.
  4. Trim Overhanging Trees: Trees that overhang your commercial building can cause damage to the roof, particularly during storms. Trim back any branches that are hanging over the roof to prevent them from falling onto the roof and causing damage.
  5. Hire a Professional: Finally, consider hiring a professional roofing company to perform a comprehensive inspection and maintenance of your commercial roof. A professional can identify any potential problems and make recommendations for repairs or maintenance that will keep your roof in good condition for years to come.

If a recession is on the way, what do I do about my commercial roof?

In a recessionary environment, it’s understandable to want to be cautious with your spending, including when it comes to maintaining or repairing your commercial roof. However, neglecting your roof can cost you more in the long run, as minor issues can turn into major problems that require costly repairs or even roof replacement.

Here are some things you can do to manage your commercial roof during a recession:

  1. Prioritize roof inspections: Regular inspections can help catch small issues before they become major problems. This can save you money in the long run by preventing more costly repairs or replacements.
  2. Focus on preventative maintenance: Consider investing in preventive maintenance measures such as sealing and coating your roof to extend its lifespan and prevent leaks.
  3. Plan ahead: If you know that your roof needs repairs or replacement, start planning ahead and budgeting for the expense. This can help you avoid unexpected expenses and maximize your budget.
  4. Consider financing options: If you need to make significant repairs or replace your roof, consider financing options that can help spread out the cost over time.

Ultimately, it’s important to balance cost-saving measures with responsible roof maintenance to ensure the longevity and safety of your commercial property.