Every industry has its own folklore and has to deal with myths, misunderstandings, and misinformation. The commercial roofing industry is no different. This blog post lists some of the most common commercial roofing myths that we hear.

Myth #1: My roof is new, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Sigh. If only that were true. Your roof is not protected by a bubble, and from the minute it’s installed, it’s doing a tough job. It’s not fragile, but it is susceptible to various elements. New or not, there will likely be some amount of foot traffic or debris from the surrounding area. An annual preventative maintenance check is still your best bet to keep problems at bay and protect your investment.

Myth #2: My roof is under warranty, so I’m covered.

Read the fine print of any warranty. It will tell you that warranties are only valid if you can demonstrate regular preventative maintenance. Just like a car needs regular oil changes to keep it in working order, your roof needs regular inspections for the same reason.

Myth #3: We’ve never had a leak, so everything must be OK.

This “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach may work for a while, but many roof problems can be silently festering issues. And when they finally make their presence known, the damage done is often much more extensive than had it been realized earlier.

Myth #4: It’s supposed to be a light winter, so I can probably skip my inspection this year.

Like so many things, everything in moderation – including snow. Too much snow can be a problem – and not enough snow leaves your roof completely exposed to the extreme cold. With no blanket of insulation, your roof actually faces harsher conditions. Brrrrr!

Myth #5: I don’t need to hire a professional for roof maintenance; I can do it myself.

Commercial roofs are much more complex than residential roofs and require specialized training and safety equipment to work on them. A professional contractor will have the tools and knowledge to properly inspect your roof and ensure it is in good condition. And when repairs are necessary, they will have the expertise to ensure your roof works effectively and efficiently.

Myth #6: I don’t need maintenance if I’m not having any major problems with my roof.

If you’re lucky enough to have a seemingly problem-free roof, scheduling regular inspections is still important. This will allow you to catch any developing issues before they become more serious (and expensive) to repair. Additionally, regular maintenance helps protect the integrity of your roof and extend its lifespan. The money you spend on preventative maintenance will likely pay off in lower repair costs down the line.

Myth #7: All roofs are the same; one contractor is as good as the next.

Not all roofers are created equal. When you’re looking for a contractor, take your time and do your research. Make sure they are properly licensed and insured. Additionally, consider their experience level; you want a commercial roofing contractor with years of experience working on roofs like yours.

Commercial Roofing Myths – The Bottom Line.

Don’t let myths keep you from properly caring for your roof. With the right contractor on your team, you can easily keep your roof in top condition and prevent costly repairs down the road. At Mint Roofing, we’re here to help you make informed decisions about your commercial roof and ensure it remains in excellent condition for years to come.

Performing regular inspections is ALWAYS the best way to get the maximum performance and life expectancy out of your roof. A routine maintenance program like Mint Roofing’s Top-Site Preventative Maintenance solution can help with budgeting and significantly extend the life of your commercial roof.

Now in our 75th year providing commercial flat roofing expertise in the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area, Mint Roofing is your go-to source for all your commercial roofing needs.

From new construction to repairs to preventative maintenance, we have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about our maintenance programs and how we can help you protect your investment.

Give us a call at 952-473-8080 or send us an email to find out how Mint Roofing can help you save money and keep your roof in tip-top condition.