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Facility managers and maintenance directors of commercial buildings have their hands full with a wide variety of tasks. One of their most important responsibilities involves the care, maintenance and repair of a building's roofing system. Having the wrong information can make their tasks more difficult. When faculty managers take the time to learn about their particular type of roof system, some of the more common myths about commercial roofs can be easily debunked. It is generally a good idea to consult with trusted Morris County roofers prior to beginning any roofing project.

One of the most popular myths is that a quick fix or roof replacement is always better than delayed action. The truth is, overly aggressive roof replacement and maintenance can often be just as hazardous as a lackadaisical approach. With most flat and low slope roofs, a more moderate, careful technique is best. One case in point is that many low slope and flat roof systems must be installed under specific climate conditions. For instance, modified bitumen roofs will not install properly in frigid weather and will experience significantly more failures than a modified bitumen roof installed on warmer days.

Similarly, many facility managers believe that any roof fix is better than no fix.

The roofing experts from Peter W Smith Construction of Morris County NJ would be happy to answer any questions you have about roof repair or roof replacement.

In truth, roofs should be repaired using only materials intended for that specific roof type. Using plastic roof cement or caulking on a metal roof can escalate rather than fix a problem, and applying plastic cement on a single ply membrane roof can destroy the membrane. Inexpertly fixing a roof leak or issue may also void the roof's warranty.

Another popular misconception is that blisters on a roof are always a dangerous sign of impending leaks. While blisters often lead to issues like leaks in the long term, not all roof blisters must be repaired. Blisters that are large and those that affect the lap or seam areas of the roof should definitely be repaired, but small blisters are usually harmless and can be left as they are. However, facility managers should watch the blisters closely over the life of the roof and take care not to step on the blisters, especially in extremely cold weather.

On the other, more relaxed end of the roof repair spectrum, some facility managers believe that annual roof inspections are sufficient to maintain and care for the roof. This once a year maintenance schedule can let important roof warning signs slip by unnoticed, leading to major roof problems down the line. Failing to meet the inspection and maintenance provisions laid down by the roof manufacturer will also void the roof's invaluable factory warranty.

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