Many retail, hospitality, commercial and industrial structures rely on single-ply roofing to keep the assets inside safe from water, mold and pests. As a store, medical office or restaurant owner, you would be dismayed to arrive to find your costly goods and equipment destroyed due to a failed roofing system. This is a major factor in why you should have a regular inspection and maintenance schedule in place for your single-ply roof.
Single-ply roofing can come in a variety of materials: EPDM, TPO, modified bitumen and PVC, all of which are long-lasting, durable and easy to maintain. While these roofs are touted as being “virtually maintenance-free” it is important to remember that while required maintenance is minimal, it still must be done regularly to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Proper maintenance of a single-ply roofing system is crucial to keep the roof in good condition, catch possible problems before they get serious and increase the roof’s overall longevity.
Caring for your roof begins by taking basic precautions against damage. This can include making sure that no sharp objects are nearby, the roof is not being utilized as a storage area, and cleaning is gentle and regularly performed.
How to Clean Your Single-ply Roof
While single-ply roofs are designed to resist dirt and debris buildup, they are not completely invulnerable to objects landing on them. The first thing you should do is do a quick visual check to ensure that there are no objects present that could potentially tear the roofing. Clean water, gentle, non-toxic detergent and a soft brush can be used to clean the roof if necessary, followed by a gentle rinse with clean water. Never pressure wash your roof, as the force of the pressurized water is almost sure to damage the roofing.
*While roof cleaning should always be performed by a licensed roofer, should you decide to take on the task yourself, make sure you educate yourself on the possible repercussions and the proper practices and precautions.