Roofs are Like Cars

April 30, 2012

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"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?