Some types of roofing materials require more maintenance than others. We are experienced with all types of roofing and can advise you on how to best maintain your roof so that it lasts and continues to perform as it should.
For most homeowners, maintaining their roof will be left up to the professionals. Staying on top of issues while they are small can help prevent them from getting bigger. It is most important to have an inspection done at least twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. The spring inspection will help identify any damage or wear as a result of the winter and the fall inspection will verify that the roof will survive the coming winter. If small problems are taken care of before they become big, the cost of maintenance is greatly reduced.
These are simple steps you can take yourself to help maintain your roof. Do this at least twice a year for best results.
- Clean up any debris on your roof. Dirt can build up behind chimneys, vents, skylights and any thing else sticking up from your roof.
- Clean the gutters of all leaves and other debris. Clear the down spouts if they are not draining correctly.
- Remove any tree branches that are starting to extend over your roof.
Do not rake or sweep your shingles as this may cause shingles to wear away and shorten the life expectancy of your roof.
An out of sight, out of mind attitude toward your roofing systems is dangerous. Too many owners and managers have been faced with premature roof failure that could have been prevented. When water starts entering the building, hard assets, corporate profits and maintenance personnel start taking a beating.
When is the last time you, your plant engineer or maintenance supervisor walked your roofs? Do you have a scheduled Spring and Fall inspection with a minimal cleaning of roof surfaces, drains and scuppers? Have you checked for storm damage removed fallen limbs or debris? Do you have a checklist of conditions and a reference file for proper “No surprise” budgeting techniques?
It’s important to remember that over 90% of roof leaks and premature system failures occur at the roof details: walls, metal edges, flashing, protrusions, sheet laps, drains, etc... Proper identification and elimination of problems on a timely basis can circumvent replacement prior to assembly damage.
Scheduled inspections and maintenance work not only prolong the life of systems, but also reveal areas that are beyond the stage of maintenance dollar return.
- Use life-cycle costing to assure maximum roof life.
- Adopt a pro-active roof maintenance protocol.
- Perform semi-annual roof inspections and repairs.
- Budget a minimum amount, per year for preventive maintenance (beginning in first year).
- Budget a minimum amount, per year for more extensive remedial restoration
- Track all collateral building damage and incidental costs associated with leaking roofs.
- Show management how past collateral damage costs exceed the cost of implementing a roof maintenance and management program.