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Roofs are Like Cars

"Forgetting about roof maintenance...is perhaps the single biggest cause of roof failure." - Roofing Solutions Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you don't maintain them, they won't perform when you need them most (and your guarantee coverage can be jeopardized.    If you want something to perform, you have to maintain it.  After all, you wouldn't expect:

  • a smoke alarm to work if you never changed the battery
  • your A/C unit to perform efficiently if you never change the filter
  • your car to run if you never change the oil

Yet, we see property managers and building owners install a new roof and think that's the end of the story.  It's not.  simply put, regular roof maintenance is a responsibility of ownership.  If you don't do it, you're putting your property at risk of damage from leaks, not to mention the risk of your guarantee coverage being jeopardized.  the good news is, regular maintenance can help you to preserve your roof and enjoy many years of reliable service.

Having a professional roofing contractor conduct a very extensive annual inspection to evaluate the following parts of your roof/facility will give you peace of mind that your roof is performing as it was intended- while meeting the requirements to maintain your guarantee coverage.

Having a certified, professional roofing contractor provide you with an extensive annual inspection to evaluate the following parts of your roof will give you peace of mind that your roof is performing as it was intended- while meeting the requirements to maintain your guarantee coverage.

 

Exterior Walls

Exterior Walls

  • Check for leaks, staining
  • Check for missing mortar

Interior Roof Deck

Interior Roof Deck

  • Check for leaks
  • Check for deterioration

Interior Walls

Interior Walls

  • Check for signs of leaks

Interior Ceilings

Interior Ceilings

  • Check for signs of leaks

Roof Edges

Roof Edges

  • Check for deterioration

Expansion Joints

Expansion Joints

  • Check for signs of excessive movement
  • Check for signs of leaks
  • Check for deterioration

Field of Roof

Field of Roof

  • Check ballast distribution
  • Note damage or deficiencies
  • Inspect coating

Fascia/Coping

Fascia/Coping

  • Check for leaks, staining
  • Check for missing mortar

Penetrations

Penetrations

  • Inspect all pitch pans
  • Inspect all pipe boots

Metal

Metal

  • Check all attachments
  • Inspect for rusted metal
  • Inspect re-caulking needs

Drainage Systems

Drainage Systems

  • Inspect gutters
  • Inspect down spouts
  • Inspect scuppers
  • Inspect drains
  • Inspect strainers
  • Inspect clamping rings

Base Flashings

Base Flashings

  • Check attachment
  • Check counter flashings
  • Inspect for signs of movement

HVAC Units

HVAC Units

  • Check ductwork
  • Check housings
  • Check sheet metal cabinets
  • Check lines and pipes
  • Check gaskets
  • Check equipment base/tie-in

Other / Roofing Surface

Other / Roofing Surface

  • Check for oil deposits
  • Check for surface contamination
  • Check for soft areas
  • Check for vandalism
  • Check for ponding water

Issues

Issues

  • Does the roof need cleaning?
  • Are there traffic patterns requiring walkway pads?

1 Response

  1. It is critical that a roof have a maintenance contract to extend the life of the roof. However some keys points have not been addressed when it comes to this agreement. 1 Make sure that the contractor doing the maintenence and repairs on your roof is an approved applicator of the roofing manufacturer if you have a valid warranty. 2. If problems are found during the inspection make sure the contractor gives you a full report with pictures. It is the buildings responsibility to contact the manufacturer and get the authorization to make the repairs as per the manufacturers specifications. Otherwise you can jeopardize your warranty. 3. Before signing a maintenance agreement with a roofing contractor read what you are signing. Make sure you get a full report of what their findings are each time they inspect. I would also recommend that your maintenance supervisor be familiar with the agreement to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. To many times contractors will just fill pitch pans and do some smoke and mirrors to visually make you think they have done a detailed inspection as per your agreement. 4. Get competetive bids. You are not obligated to use the contractor that put your roof on to do your maintenence. Call your warranty department and ask for other approved contractors that can give you a bid. 5. Beware of contractors coming to your building telling you FPL sent them to coat your roof white for free. FPL does not do this period. If this happens call FPL and let them who this contractor is. Many manufacturers only allow you to use their products on their roofs. If you get talked into this game and use a different product you can LOSE YOUR WARRANY.

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