Commercial Roofing Maintenance & The Advantages of Rubber Roofing

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One of the most critical components of maintaining the integrity of industrial and commercial real estate is strategic and preventive roof maintenance. The initial investment made in the installation of a commercial roof is just one portion of the total cost over its lifespan. To maximize your investment and the life of the roof, be proactive in scheduling regular biannual (spring and fall) preventive inspections. A small number of preventive dollars spent twice each year can save a building owner thousands of dollars in repairs. Furthermore, not only are you saving money in potentially expensive roof repairs, but you’re also saving money in other potential building repairs and/or devastation that can be caused by a faulty roof (i.e., electrical issues, building leaks, mold issues, and property damage).

For a great commercial option, consider rubber roofing. It helps reduce leaks by creating a more impenetrable seal than traditional asphalt shingles. Rubber roofs are more waterproof, durable, and pliable as well as last two times longer than other roofing material options. Rubber roofs differ from sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF). SPF is sprayed onto a roof as liquid and must be re-coated regularly. SPF tears and scrapes easily and attract birds and squirrels that can compromise the roof, thus causing leaks.

Routine commercial roof inspections should include assessment of:

  1. Damage to the roof with recommended solutions.
  2. Rooftop vents and equipment to ensure sure they are still well sealed.
  3. Drains and downspouts to ensure no blockages and proper drainage.
  4. Flashings and penetrations for tears or gaps.


Below are some common warning signs of issues with commercial roofing that can also be avoided with rubber roofing:

  • Flashing gaps – heat and cold from weather conditions can cause expansion and contraction that creates spaces between flashing strips. This can lead to roof cover failure during periods of high wind and rains.
  • Bubbles in roof cover – the effects of too much moisture and heat cause the growth of bubbles in roofing materials. These bubbles can leave the roof more susceptible to leaks and wind damage.
  • Excess standing water – the accumulation of standing water on a roof can lead to leaks and defects that allow a variety of hazardous molds to grow. This moisture also weakens the support beams just below the roof that are critical to the integrity of the building.


Finding the right company to perform bi-annual roof inspections for your industrial real estate is key. The Property Advisor can help you source a reliable professional to help you maintain the roof of your commercial property. Proper care and maintenance will save you valuable dollars and preserve your investment.

Not only is it important to have maintenance and inspection plans in place for commercial roofing, but it’s also crucial to recognize warning signs and their potential solutions. For expert advice on developing, owning, or managing commercial properties in the Waukesha and Milwaukee, Wisconsin areas, contact our team at The Property Advisor. Putting personalized knowledge to the test for our clients, we deliver appropriate processes, strategies, and tools for success based on your individual needs & objectives. Call (262) 569-5922, email or fill out a contact form today!