3 Ways to Improve the Longevity of Your Commercial Roof in Iowa

As we near the end of summer, we prepare ourselves for the changing schedules, temperatures, and seasons. Your Duro-Last roof is known for its durability and ability to withstand extreme temperature ranges, but every roof needs yearly TLC to maintain its longevity. After months of rainfall, wind, and hot weather here in the Midwest, it’ll be important to check how your commercial roof held up. Here are three helpful and important ways you can maintain your commercial roof investment for years to come.

Des Moines Seasonal Roof Inspections

Even if you have a Duro-Last ® roof on your commercial building, it is important to check the condition of your roof year-round, especially in Iowa where we get harsh winters, wet springs, and hot summers. Whether it sustained heavy windfall or extreme snowstorms, your roof deserves some inspection and repairs at least twice a year to prepare for the changing weather.

When was the last time you looked at your commercial roof? Have you ever been up there? You probably don’t spend too much time on your roof, so it’ll be easy to forget it needs care. At Duerson, we recommend you inspect your roof semi-annually. If you find issues, be sure to address them immediately by contacting your local commercial roofing contractor.

If you don’t have the time, access, or expertise in inspecting it, consider calling a commercial roofing contractor in your area for a maintenance inspection. Duerson offers a free roof analysis of your flat or slightly sloped roof to make sure the exterior of your building is strong so the interior will stay dry and comfortable for your employees or tenants. Based on our findings, we can establish a maintenance plan tailored to your business, budget,and seasonal needs. These regular inspections will help you stay on top of any damage that might occur on your roof and take care of it right away before it becomes a bigger and more expensive problem before you know it.

Weather-Proof Your Commercial Roof

Along with your seasonal roof maintenance, it would also be a good idea to check your drains and downspouts if you know a storm is headed your way, whether it be rain or snow. Cleaning out ice, leaves, and debris from your drains and downspouts will allow for easy waterflow after heavy rainfall or snowfall and when the ice begins to melts. If these drainage areas are clogged, water or ice might pond on your roof, which can cause a variety of other problems and damage to your flat roof. These preventative measures can deter time-consuming and expensive roof repairs or replacements in the future and instead keep your commercial roof lasting long and strong.

Landscaping Around Your Commercial Building

Part of the appeal of your office building or apartment complex might be the beautiful landscaping and greenery in the area, allowing for great views and pleasant shade. One thing you might not consider, though, is that trees, especially older and taller ones, can be hazardous for your roof. Fallen branches and even trees can severely damage a roof. Even the little branches and leaves that fall from a tree can create those blockages in the drains. Check to make sure trees surrounding your building have at least 3-foot clearance between the branches and your roof. Regular tree maintenance, at least seasonally, will help you prevent the possibility of roof damage and repairs over the years as well as maintain the safety of the people inside the building.


Contact Duerson Corporation to schedule a free roof analysis and develop your customized maintenance plan. If you need to report a leak or require any roof repairs, we can help you.

Posted: August 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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