Wisconsin’s Commercial Roof Maintenance and Repair Services

Flat Roof Repair Services for Industrial Buildings


Keeping your commercial and industrial roof in top shape is vital to keeping your business up and running year round. No businesses owner wants to shut down their store or production facility because of a leaky, damaged, sagging, or potentially dangerous roof. Avoid these disastrous problems by having your commercial roof maintained, cleaned, and repaired by Roofed Right America.

Our industrial and commercial roof maintenance services include general cleaning and debris removal, cleaning drains and gutter systems, inspecting edge metal and flashing components, and repairing damaged areas, such as holes, rips, and split or separated roofing material components.

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Flat Roof Inspection and Evaluation

The Roofed Right America flat roof maintenance experts offer commercial and industrial roof inspection and evaluation services for businesses and manufacturing centers across the country. Since flat roofs are subject to seasonal damage and stresses, having your commercial roof inspected on an annual basis is a great method for maintaining a weather tight, energy efficient roof.

Our free on-site flat roof service quote includes a detailed inspection of your roofing system. We will check for any potential issues or damaged areas, and bring the problems to your attention.

Inspections from Roofed Right include, but are not limited to:

  • Checking if the protective coatings are properly adhered to the substrate.
  • Looking at the roof coating surface for ruptures, cuts or holes.
  • Looking for signs of abrasion or wear, especially in areas with high foot traffic.
  • Checking for signs of leakage.

Our American roofing contractors suggest having your roof inspected regularly to ensure major issues do not arise. As well as having your roof inspected yearly, you should also have it inspected for damage every time your roofing system is exposed to severe weather conditions like hail, heavy rain and strong winds, or after having work done on your roof like HVAC repair/maintenance.

How to Implement a Roof Maintenance Program at your Commercial Property

Roofed Right America makes it easy for a building owner to institute a semiannual maintenance program to maximize his roofing investment. The roofing products used by Roofed Right America are manufactured in a factory under strict quality controls. They are often covered by warranties that actually call for periodic maintenance inspections and provisions. In fact, warranties can be voided by the lack of regularly scheduled roof inspections and maintenance.

Periodic preventive maintenance can prevent small, easily handled problems from becoming disruptive, big-budget nightmares. Proper repairs to a roof system can prolong the roof's service life and enhance the value of the original investment made in it. Maintenance issues are attracting more attention these days from the roofing industry as a whole, but especially in American roofing areas. Roofed Right America has set up roof maintenance and/or roof management programs to handle these concerns in an ongoing, professional way, freeing facility managers to concentrate on other areas. Regular inspections of the roof system should be made in both the fall and the spring; special inspections should also be made when extraordinary events occur, such as extreme storms or the installation of new rooftop equipment.

Basic Roof Inspection Procedures

Perhaps surprisingly, the starting point of a roof inspection should actually be the interior of a building. The interior walls and ceilings should be examined for any signs of water staining which would indicate a problem above on the roof.

The roof itself should then be visually inspected. The following key areas should be checked in this order:

  • Cap flashings
  • Edge metal
  • Base flashings
  • Penetrations
  • Field of the roof
  • Ballast
  • Roof adhesives; and Surface coatings, if present.

Cap flashings, which are metal or other rigid covers at membrane terminations, should be inspected for:

  • loose areas of attachment or loose or missing fasteners
  • loose or displaced sections of metal
  • deformed metal that could collect water and funnel it through an end joint
  • corrosion
  • missing or loose joint covers
  • sealants showing signs of cracking, weather and/or aging.

Edge metal, installed at the edge of a roofing system to terminate the roof and provide waterproof flashing, should be checked for:

  • loose areas of attachment or loose or missing fasteners
  • loose or missing stripped-in flashing
  • splits in the stripping at metal flashing joints
  • corroded metal
  • missing or displaced metal sections or joint covers
  • open joints and sealants displaying signs of cracking or weathering or aging.

Base flashings, which are roof membrane terminations at walls and curbs, should then be looked at. Watch for:

  • a secure and sealed top termination
  • continuous adhesion of base flashing to substrate, with no loose membrane or extensive bridging
  • a covered top seal of the membrane base flashing
  • closed seams at the bottom of the base flashing at its attachment to the field membrane
  • sealed seams at vertical laps
  • sealants in good condition, without signs of cracking, weathering or aging
  • base flashing material without signs of deterioration or building movements.

Penetrations are pipes, drains and other items that are inserted through the roof membrane. They must be flashed properly to assure a watertight roof. An inspector should examine the following:

  • the drain clamping ring and drain strainer to ensure proper securement for a watertight seal at the membrane-to-drain interface
  • thorough adhesion of sealant inside pitch pockets and membrane adhesion around the outside of pitch pockets
  • pitch pockets containing adequate fill material to prevent water from collecting
  • pipe boot flanges sealed tightly to the roof membrane
  • a tight seal and termination around pipe(s) at the top of pipe boots.

In the field of the roof, be sure that:

  • No fasteners protrude against the membrane, causing a "tenting" effect; or that there are no visibly loose fastening points
  • the membrane contains no worn spots, deteriorated areas, or holes in the membrane
  • insulation panels are in their original positions: no buckling or warping
  • there are no changes in insulation or substrate firmness when the roof is walked on
  • adequate drainage is present
  • around rooftop equipment, no areas have been degraded by equipment leaks or spills, or have been punctured by dropped tools or equipment parts from workers maintaining roofmounted equipment.

In ballasted systems, it is important to note:

The removal of ballast or concrete pavers to inspect the membrane is not part of a routine inspection. Ballast, if present, should be continuously redistributed, although occasional small bare spots, approximately the size of a person's foot, are generally acceptable. Use a push broom as necessary to cover the membrane and prevent uneven loading.

If the roof membrane has a coating on it, it should be examined. Coatings will generally require reapplication(s) during the life of the roof system; frequency depends on many factors, such as the local environment, ponding water, roof slope, and the type and quality of the original coating. 

Recoating work is typically the responsibility of the building owner and should be performed by a professional roofing contractor. The inspector should pick up debris like paper, bottles, broken glass, tree limbs and vegetation. Any obstructions should also be removed, such as leaves or dirt from roof drains and/or scuppers, ensuring that they flow freely. 

Clogged drains and/or scuppers can lead to excessive ponding on the roof, which frequently causes leaks and even roof collapse. Exercise caution when clearing debris from drains because significant suction can be created by draining water; it can quickly suck tools into a drain. 

If traffic patterns are developing across the roof, the owner should consult the membrane manufacturer to determine how to best protect the roof membrane from traffic. A number of different walking pad systems are available to address this issue. Roof inspections may uncover the need for repairs in a variety of categories, including spot patches, emergency repairs, general repairs and permanent repairs.

If membrane repairs are needed, they should be performed by a professional roofing contractor specifically authorized by the membrane manufacturer. Not doing so could also void the warranty. To maintain under warranty, the manufacturer of a warranted roof system should be notified promptly about the need for repair(s) and the procedures to be followed. 

Typically manufacture warranties require written notification to the warranty department within 30 days of any leak discovery. All procedures should be documented in order to create an informative history of the roof system's performance.

Checklist: Safeguards for top roof maintenance

  • Keep roof clean and free of debris.
  • Keep drainage systems clear and functional.
  • Train maintenance personnel in the do's and don'ts of single plies.
  • Restrict roof access to authorized personnel only.
  • Limit penetration of the roof system for later equipment installation.

Roofed Right will develop a roofing maintenance program for you!

Milwaukee's Best Roofing Maintenance Team

Having your commercial flat roof cleaned and maintained by professionals regularly will also greatly extend the life of your system. At the time of inspection, Roofed Right can also provide expert preventative maintenance services including:

  • Removal of debris and foreign materials like tree branches, abandoned equipment or parts, leaves and other debris.
  • Washing the roof with water and a diluted solution of water and a biodegradable cleaner.

Reliable Flat Roof Services in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and the Nation

Our roof maintenance specialists thoroughly inspect each roof to provide unique solutions for your roofing repair needs. We offer debris removal, waterproof system installation, gutter and drain cleaning, and a wide variety of other roofing repair services.

We also provide superior flat roof waterproofing services to keep your roof functioning properly. These services are designed to prevent and repair roof leaking. Our experienced roofing contractors will examine your roof to determine the problem and find the best solution for your business.

Sometimes replacing the entire roof is not a viable option for businesses. In this case we utilize Neogard, a waterproofing seal. This allows us to repair and increase the overall durability of the existing roof structure. It’s a good strong fix for minor issues, which can be completed quickly after a regular maintenance check.

Our extensive repair and waterproofing solutions are available for a variety of flat roof systems like EPDM rubber roofing, TPO roofing, PVC roofs and modified bitumen flat roofing systems. Whether you need roof replacement, installation or a minor repair service, trust the roofing contractors at Roofed Right America.

Contact the flat roof inspections and repair experts at Roofed Right America today for more information our commercial and industrial roof maintenance services.
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