Annual Maintenance Management

Why maintain a roof?

The roof is a relatively fragile component of a building. With normal exposure, the membrane is subjected to wind, hail, snow, rain and ultraviolet energy, as well as foot traffic and various forms of abuse.

While other parts of the building are more visible, and thus tend to be maintained on a regular basis, the roofing system is often overlooked until it is leaking, by which time extensive and costly damage may have already occured.

The most important reason for establishing a program of periodic maintenance inspection is to protect the owner's investment. A properly executed maintenance program will not only add years to the life of the roof, but it will detect minor problems before damage is widespread, and will avoid interruption of the internal functions of the building.

A smooth-functioning maintenance program will allow capital to be requested on an orderly basis, so that as each roof finally reaches the end of its life-cycle and no longer is economical to maintain, it can be replaced or recovered at the optimum time.

When to inspect a roof?

At a minimum, roof inspections should be made twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. This is just before and after the membrane has passed through the most severe of the weather cycles. Additional roof inspections should be made after every major storm, or after an addition or construction changes that could affect the roof, i.e. equipment installations or replacements.

Many roofing problems result from physical damage done unthinkingly to the roof system when it is used as a work platform and during service performed on rooftop equipment. For this reason, access to the roof should be controlled and the people allowed on the roof should be continually monitored by maintenance personnel. RoofChek can provide effective maintenance programs for any size facility.

Large roofs or multiple facilities will benefit from the organization and access to data provided by our computerized roof maintenance software program.

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