A great way to extend the life of your roof is to perform regular maintenance. Whether the roof material is a single-ply, modified, built up, or metal roof, maintenance can help your roof last longer and allow the building owner to plan for the expense of re-roofing or replacement.
What is involved with roof maintenance?
- Inspect exterior walls, fascia, and coping for leaks, staining, or missing mortar.
- Look at ceilings and interior walls for staining.
- Observe roof edges for deterioration.
- Check expansion joints for signs of excessive movement, leaks, or deterioration.
- Look at the field of the roof for damage, deficiencies, holes.
- At penetration areas - Fill pitch pans and inspect pipe boots.
- Reseal fasteners and check for rusted areas on all metal panels and counter flashings.
- Clear all gutters, downspouts, scuppers, and drains of debris to facilitate drainage.
Several factors can determine the maintenance required for buildings, such as the age of the roof, leak history, roof system type, trees and other environmental contributors around the building, and volume of rooftop traffic such as HVAC contractors.
Tecta America recommends setting up a preventative maintenance program after a new roof is installed and throughout the roof’s life. Maintenance programs should include written documentation and photos in a report so that the building owner can track the roof’s conditions and if additional repairs are needed. Lastly, most roofing manufacturers require maintenance to keep their roof warranty in place. The roof is one of the largest expenses a building owner has. It is essential to care for it from the beginning.
Tecta America’s philosophy is to service the roof as long as we can for our clients and give them options when the roof life is coming to an end. Our maintenance services allow the customer more time to prepare their finances for the next significant capital roofing expense.
Guest blog post provided by Tecta America