Preventative Maintenance for Roofs
Don’t Live a Roofing Nightmare.
A roof accounts for only 10% of the total cost of constructing a building, but 90% of is problems down the road.
As the property owner, it is necessary for you to provide maintenance for your roofing system and related building components. Our program will explain the benefits of roof maintenance, provide a helpful maintenance program, and caution you about the effects of not performing routine maintenance.
Even smart business owners and facility managers make costly mistakes when it comes to roof maintenance – or the lack of it. The goal of this section is to prove to you that maintenance does pay.
Why Preventative Roof Maintenance?
- Routine roof maintenance will extend the life of your roof and lower the life cycle cost of your roof.
- Failure to maintain your roof may result in early deterioration of your roofing system.
- Repairs for roof deterioration from lack of proper roof maintenance are very costly and puts your interior valuables at risk.
- Untreated roof deterioration can result in your roof’s warranty cancellation.
How to Maintain Your Roof
Maintain Records on your Roof
Keep a file of all records relating to your roof, including:
- Your Roof Warranty
- Any Inspection Reports
- Roof Repairs and Maintenance Bills
- Original Roof Specifications and Roof Installation Invoices
Have an Annual/Bi-Annual Roof Inspection/Check-Up
- Typically roofs are best inspected in the spring and in the fall
- Use a Licensed Roofing Expert/Company that conducts a thorough inspection with the use of an inspection check list.
Inspect Your Roof After a Severe Weather Event
- Always inspect your roof for any damage after severe weather such as hailstorms, heavy rains, high winds,
- And of course being in Florida, inspect your roof after a hurricane!
Have Your Roof Repaired Correctly
- All roofing repairs must be performed by Licensed Roofing Contractors, including repairs for non-warranty conditions
- Have repairs made according to current repair guidelines for the type and quality of your installed roof
- Address non-roof related leak areas inside your property to prevent mold
Keep Your Roof and Gutters Clean and Free of Debris
- Always remove debris from roof… such as: Leaves, branches, dirt, rocks, bottles, etc.
- Debris and trash from other trades, such as masons or chimney sweepers.
- Keep gutters, downspouts, drains, scuppers, and the surrounding roof areas clean to ensure proper drainage.
- Install a Gutter Filter (to eliminate water back-ups)
Keep Metal Roof Materials in Good Condition
- Examine all metal flashings, counter flashings, expansion joints, and pitch pockets for cracks and bad mortar joints and deteriorated sealant
- Ensure proper water drainage and your roof metal / trim will stay free of rust and deterioration much longer.
Important: Repair all leaks promptly to avoid adverse effects, including mold growth. (Refer to our article on: The Hidden Costs of a Roof Leak )