commercial roofing systemsThere are countless things that can damage commercial roofing systems. This is especially true during the winter months when chilly winds blow debris around. However, one of the best ways you can protect the surface of your commercial roofing systems isn’t by preventing debris, but foot traffic.

Foot traffic is one of the most common sources of damage in commercial roofing systems. This is because, unlike ice or the occasional snowfall, foot traffic happens throughout the year. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce the amount of people stomping around on your rooftop to keep your commercial roof in the best shape possible.

    1. Limit access to your roof
      Roofing contractors, electrical contractors, and HVAC services typically need to access the roof of your building. Consider limiting access to your roof to only these individuals and any other approved persons. Keep locks on the door that leads to the roof as well as roof access hatches.
    2. Create walkways
      To reduce the risk of roof replacement and roof repair, consider creating designated walkways on your roof. Even if you only create walkways to necessary service areas or around sensitive spots, maintaining these walkways will help reduce unnecessary foot traffic around your entire roof.
    3. Log the people on your roof
      One of the best ways to keep track of and to reduce foot traffic is by logging the activity that happens on your roof. Keeping track of any service people or approved workers on your roof as well as their purpose for being there will help you identify any potential damage and the party responsible for it.
    4. Monitor the equipment on your roof
      Commercial roofing companies use specific tools and equipment during their roofing maintenance. However, other service people such as HVAC services and electrical contractors may also use tools and equipment on your roof that could potentially cause damage to sensitive areas. Don’t be afraid to ask contractors about safety procedures and the use of certain tools.

Foot traffic can have a major impact on the lifespan of your commercial roofing. By reducing foot traffic year round and having your commercial roof inspected at least twice a year as recommended, you can guarantee your roof will last your property as long as possible.