There are thousands of churches across the country. These beautiful structures vary from brand new facilities to churches built hundreds of years ago with stone or brick. Some of these churches are now on the National Register of Historic Places. It is important to remember, however, that just like any other physical structure, a church cannot stand the test of time without regular preventative maintenance. This is especially critical for the roof of the church. These tips will be key for those facility managers or caretakers responsible for ensuring a church’s roof is well maintained.
Regularly clean the gutters. Gutters perform an essential function for a church—they keep water moving away from the building’s foundation. If gutters become full of debris and leaves, they cannot perform their essential function. Gutters that spill water become a major threat to the integrity of the church, as water will soon begin to seep into the ground around the building. Just like any home or commercial building, a church needs to regularly have the gutters cleaned and inspected for any cracks or holes.
Watch for signs of moisture damage. Moisture is perhaps the most visible sign of roof damage. For example, if you notice vegetation growth, such as moss, on the church’s roof or exterior, this is a sign of unwanted moisture buildup on the roof. Moss thrives on moisture and will act like a sponge, collecting rainwater. This water can then saturate the roof, causing structural damage. Other signs of moisture damage could be seen inside the church, such as dirty streaks on the walls or spots of discoloration on the ceiling.
Call the professionals. Many churches have architectural features incorporated in the roof design such as a steeple or a parapet, which is a low wall along the roof edge. Because of the varying complexities of church roofs—truly no two are the same—they must be serviced by professionals who are knowledgeable of the intricacies and able to handle any needed roof repairs without causing any damage to the structure.
The key with a church, as with any commercial building, is to identify an issue before it becomes a major problem, requiring your church to incur costly repairs or a premature roof replacement. The professionals at Warren Roofing are experienced in church roof repairs and maintenance, and can help you ensure the longevity of your church’s roof. Contact our team to request a quote for services.