Caring For A Strip Mall's Roof

If you own a small strip mall, you owe it to your retail tenants to care for the entire property. While they run their stores, generally you'll handle repairs, landscaping, and other issues. The mall's roof may not have made your to-do list this week, but caring for it protects your tenants and your investment. However, you might not know much about roofs and which maintenance activities need your time. Try these.

1. Look at It

Because you're the mall's owner and have other work, it's possible that you haven't actually seen your strip mall's roof for some time. The tenants likely haven't either. That can create a terrible situation; without anyone noticing minor problems, major ones can more easily happen. Whether you make a decision to visit the mall each week or get roofing services to do walk-arounds, the roof needs to be visualized, especially after periods of bad storms or high-speed winds. 

Algae growth, missing shingles, loose gutters, spots, mold, and other issues are not always possible from the ground; you or a professional must climb and observe from the top.

2. Prep it for Deep Freezes

If you aren't already protecting your mall's roof against ice and snow, that must happen, especially if the mall's roof is flat. Cave-ins are sometimes possible; keeping the roof clear is vital. For this purpose, the most generally accepted solution is using heating cables, which can be crisscrossed on the surface. They prevent significant accumulation. Some types even offer automation and programming so that certain temperatures trigger power.

3. Tighten Flashing

Each retail shop might have a HVAC unit, and some may feature skylights. Therefore, flashing strips have likely been screwed in to block water infiltration. However, left alone, these strips will loosen, and leaks become more of a risk. Mold spores can settle underneath very loose flashing and grow well. Therefore, on any roof excursion, you should bring along a screwdriver so you can simply eliminate this possible problem. Tightened flashing will block leaks and prevent any roof water damage.

4. Monitor the Lightening System

Lightening protection systems are usually installed to protect the structure against severe lightning damage. However, strong, long storms can disrupt and impede the system. Professionals are typically the ones best to determine condition and complete system repairs.

With your attention and general maintenance, the strip mall's roof protects all your tenants.Commercial roofing services can be contacted to ensure these and other tasks are regularly completed.