If you recently purchased an office building with an older asphalt shingle roof, then it is important that you take steps each year to maintain it. By actively maintaining the roof and taking care of small issues as they arise, you can greatly improve the longevity of the roof. Every extra year you get out of your building's roof is like money in your pocket! 

To proactively maintain your commercial roof, follow these tips:

Tip: Remove Leaves and Trash Regularly from the Roof's Surface and Rain Gutters

At least once every few months, you should climb up on your building's roof and remove any leaves or trash that you find. Both of these things can cause damage as they break down and blow in the wind. You should also check the rain gutters and remove any debris you find in them as well. 

Tip: Inspect the Roof for Mold and Mildew Growth

If there are areas of the building's roof that are shaded by large trees, then mold and mildew may grow on the asphalt shingles. If you find any of the black stains that signal mold growth, then you should spray the roof with a solution of bleach and water. The bleach will kill the mold and then you can scrub off the stains with a natural-bristle brush. Never use a metal brush on your roof because this can cause damage to the shingles.

Tip: Inspect, Repair, and Seal Damaged Flashing

The metal flashing on your office building's roof can come loose and blow around in the wind. When you are inspecting the roof, tug on each piece of flashing to ensure that it is still attached to the roof. If you find any loose flashing, then you need to seal it back down using roofing cement. Caulk around all of the flashing to keep it in place when there are storms.

Tip: Always Have a Licensed Roofing Contractor Inspect and Repair Your Building's Roof

You should have the building's roof regularly inspected by a professional roofing contractor. Regular roof inspections give you the ability to fix tiny problems before they become budget-busters.

Finally, it is important that you always use a licensed roofing contractor to make all of the repairs to your commercial building's roof. Roofing contractors that have a license have a proven track record of knowing how to properly make repairs and carry insurance in case they are injured while up on your roof. Contact a company like Danny Odom & Son Roofing to learn more.