The Key to Longevity for Industrial Roofing

Industrial roofs play a crucial role in safeguarding commercial and industrial buildings from the elements. Whether your facility houses heavy machinery, inventory, or valuable assets, the condition of your roof is paramount to protect your investments. To ensure the longevity and functionality of your industrial roofing, regular maintenance is indispensable.

Importance of Regular Maintenance

Industrial roofs are exposed to a variety of environmental stressors, including UV radiation, extreme temperatures, rain, snow, and more. Over time, these factors can take a toll on the roof’s integrity, potentially leading to leaks, structural damage, and costly repairs. Regular maintenance serves as a preventive measure, helping you identify and address issues before they escalate into major problems.

Key Maintenance Requirements for Industrial Roofing

Inspections: Regular roof inspections are the foundation of effective maintenance. Inspections should be carried out at least twice a year, typically in the spring and fall, and after significant weather events like storms. During these inspections, look for the following:

Clean Gutters and Drains: Keeping gutters and drainage systems clear of debris is vital to prevent water from pooling on the roof. Standing water can lead to leaks and accelerate the deterioration of the roofing material. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts, and ensure that water can flow freely off the roof.

Repairs: When you identify issues during inspections, address them promptly. Whether it’s replacing a damaged section of roofing, repairing flashing, or sealing seams, timely repairs can prevent minor problems from escalating into costly disasters.

Coating and Sealant Application: Industrial roofs can benefit from the application of protective coatings and sealants. These products can extend the lifespan of your roofing material, enhance energy efficiency, and provide an additional layer of defense against the elements. The type of coating or sealant will depend on your roofing material and the climate in which your facility is located.

HVAC and Penetration Inspections: Don’t forget to inspect roof penetrations, such as HVAC units, skylights, and vents. These areas are prone to leaks and require special attention. Make sure that flashing around penetrations is intact, and any seals are in good condition.

Regular maintenance is the cornerstone of preserving the integrity and functionality of industrial roofing. Neglecting maintenance can lead to costly repairs, downtime, and potential damage to valuable assets. By conducting routine inspections, cleaning gutters, addressing repairs promptly, applying protective coatings, and following safety protocols, you can extend the lifespan of your industrial roof and ensure that it continues to serve its vital protective role for years to come. Remember that investing in maintenance today can save you from more significant expenses and headaches down the road.

Since 1984, we have grown to become one of the UK’s leading industrial roofers, building maintenance and rope access/steeplejacks.

As a multi-service construction company in Glasgow, we have experience in commercial, industrial and private contracts and are approved contractors for the installation of Decothane & Hyperdesmo seamless roofing systems. Our Managing Director, Victor MacKay, has been in the industry for over 40 years, working on many prestigious and high profile roofing projects ranging from historic cathedral building restoration to modern power station chimneys that can reach up to 750ft high.

To discuss your specific industrial roofing needs, to find out more about the range of roofing services that we offer or to request specific case studies of work we have done, please call our head office in Glasgow on 0141 944 6100 or email