Why Regular Roofing Inspections and Maintenance?
Roofs are constantly under attack by weather, structural movement, and stresses as well as chemicals present in the atmosphere. While normal aging will occur on all roofs, small problems stemming from neglect, abuse, contamination, error or accident can result in costly repairs or premature failure of the roofing system, if not detected. A regular program of inspection and repairs will help detect minor problems before they become serious, avoiding interruptions of the internal functions within the building, and most importantly, protecting the owner’s investment by adding years to the life of the roof.
Setting up a Roofing Maintenance Program
A maintenance program has two areas of responsibility.
Scheduling Roof Inspections:
At least two inspections should be made every year. Ideally, inspections should take place in the spring to check on damage that may have occurred in the winter. The second inspection should be in the fall to be sure that the roof is in good condition for the upcoming winter months. Inspection should also be made after any other occurrences that might affect the roof. (Example: storms, construction activities, fires, etc.)
All components of the roofing system should be closely inspected and a record made of any signs of deterioration, unusual traffic patterns, poor drainage, accumulated debris, displacement or loss of ballast, or other conditions.
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Regular inspection of building roof systems will lead to early detection of roof problems, protection of assets, and maintain a safe working environment for building occupants.
Roof systems can deteriorate from: normal wear; severe weather conditions (e.g., wind and snow loads); Snow building, movement (e.g., settlement, material contraction/ expansion); and improper design, construction and maintenance. Any roof repairs not dealt with after the first signs of failure can result in increased damage to the building envelope and interior finishes, and loss of occupant productivity. And obviously damage causes interruption in client services and program delivery. Failure of structural integrity can endanger occupant safety.
The objective of a roof inspection is to determine if the roof system is performing according to its intended function. To identify signs of weakness, deterioration or hazard. …and to identify needed repairs.
A general approach would be to inspect the exterior for continuity of roof covering and deterioration of fascia’s, gutters and soffits. You also want to look for at the performance of your flashings. You would also want to do a general inspection of interior finishes (ceilings and walls) for signs of water penetration, frost buildup and structural distress.
Before performing a roof inspection, you should always review past inspection reports and photographs, construction documents, particulars of any repair, maintenance or replacements. You should perform at least an annual formal visual roof inspection when roofs are free of snow and materials… and informal inspections after every severe wind or rain condition. Include non-destructive investigation (e.g., infrared thermography) if moisture infiltration is suspected.
Proper roof maintenance will:
• Increase the life expectancy of your roof
• Save you the high cost of roof replacement
• Protect your assets from costly damage
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