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Commercial Roof Maintenance vs Service

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Quick question, is getting the oil changed in your car maintenance or service? Let’s think about it. Yes, the oil is black and dirty, The oil filter is full of debris. Changing these things do extend the life of your motor. But the truth? It’s considered maintenance.

When the oil meter on your car goes off on your dash, it’s telling you it is time to address that area of your car. Maintenance is what you get done regularly to make sure it stays in working order. So while the vehicle is in their air or the hood is up, they are checking all of the other fluids, the brakes, and the driveline of the vehicle.

They are trying to catch any issues before you do. They don’t want you to have to call a tow truck and have to shuffle car seats around in your already busy day. If they find anything, they simple give you a piece of paper that says what they have found and how much it’s going to cost. That then takes us to service. Service is when you are fixing something that is outside of your regular maintenance routine.

*FYI, ALL roofing manufactures require an annual inspection for the warranty to stay in tact.*

Here are 5 of the most common ways we maintain your roof:

1. Check pipe boots for cracks and wear

Cracked pipe boots are the most common reason for roof leaks.

The neoprene gasket around a plumbing vents stack is most likely to crack and create a water intrusions from the drastic drops in temperature during the winter.

2. Remove debris from the roof and gutters

If debris isn’t removed, it can create a dam that will back up water under your shingles and create a leak. While leaves can clog your downspouts or slow the flow of water, this can cause the gutters to overflow. This can also create moisture in your crawl space or basement.

3. Checking for thermal blistering on membranes

If blisters are left unmonitored, it could damage your membrane and lead to saturated insulation.

4. Inspect expansion joints

Expansion joints prevent your roof membranes from tearing loose from adhesives, splitting, or ripping away from the fasteners. They also prevent stress damage to your roof membrane (i.e cracking, tearing, splitting).

5. Inspect all flashings

Each time it rains, water seeps in behind the back band of your deck. Without flashings, the water would dampen the wood of your home and leads to rotting and wear out. Basically, flashings keep water from doing damage to the wooden framing behind the decking.

We at WM Commercial Roofing have a service department that is offering all of this for your commercial roof. The only difference is that we are focusing on the maintaining part to keep the price of the service down. We still want to repair and replace roofs, but we want to be more of a partner rather than a firefighter. Unseen issues still pop up just like the check engine light on your vehicle. We are simply trying to reduce the amount of times that it happens. Need a roof inspection or repair? Call us at 330-275-0088 or email us at

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An aerial view of a WM Commercial Roofing project.