Taking Over A Church? What You Should Know About Its Roof

As commercial roofing goes, few need as specific and unique maintenance and care as a church roof. If you have recently taken on a new congregation and church, you should familiarize yourself with the necessary maintenance needs and upkeep that the church roof is going to need. Here are a few things that you should know to care for your congregation's worship space:

Know The Roof Structure

The first thing you need to know in order to properly care for the roof is the actual structure of that roof. A waterproof roof is one coated with a waterproofing material. It is typically a flatter roof. Designed to be impenetrable by water, these roofs need to be inspected and monitored for physical damage on a regular basis.

Sloped roofing, on the other hand, is designed to shed water. Usually, sloped roofing is covered in shingles that will allow water to run off the roof. These roofs need to be cared for thoroughly, ensuring that all of the shingles are secure and intact at all times. Loose or damaged shingles can lead to leaks and other problems that may damage your building.

Keep The Gutters Clear

The gutters on your church's roof are essential for directing water runoff, protecting the roof, and protecting your church's foundation. Unfortunately, your gutters can collect all sorts of debris if they don't have screens on them. That debris will lead to a backup of water in the gutters. You can combat this if you schedule routine gutter cleaning and ensure that your roofing contractor inspects the gutters and the roof seams on a regular basis to ensure that everything is secure and stable.

Recognize The Signs Of Damage

As you establish yourself at the church, you need to familiarize yourself with the signs of potential damage on the roof. For a shingle roof, you need to be sure that the shingles are secure, intact, and properly coated. If the coating is flaking off the shingles, that's an early sign of roof failure that should be addressed right away. 

Flat roofing and waterproof roofing will need inspection as well. Look for any tears, holes, wear spots, and other problems with the roof coating. Any impact from branches or other falling debris can cause damage to the roof, so you need to monitor it on a regular basis.

Since your church's roof is exposed to more threats due to the steeple and the other structures around it, you need to be attentive to its condition. Monitor your church's roof on a regular basis and work with a commercial roofing contractor to protect it.