How a business owner approaches preventive maintenance will determine the performance and life cycle of their roof. Consider the fact that spending a little bit today can save you tons of money tomorrow.
A preventive maintenance plan includes regular inspections, general maintenance and upkeep. The cost of this is a lot less than having to get a new commercial roof. It is recommended to have your roof inspected at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. It is also good to have it inspected after any major storm. Below are some of the things you will need to get checked out when doing preventative maintenance.
- Debris and Dirt
- Visible Damage
- Color fade or chalking
- Chimneys, vents, skylights, fascia, drip edges, and decking
- Roof edges should be checked for deterioration
- Discoloration at lap joints
- Penetrations should be filled and patches as required
- Roof-mounted HVAC systems should be checked
- Surface should be inspected for deposits, ponding, growths, vandalism, and wear and tear
- Exterior walls should be inspected for signs of leakage
- Gutters and drainage systems should be cleared
- Interior roofing components, such as rafters and roof trusses, should be inspected for signs of mold, mildew, and rot
- Expansion joints should be checked for excessive movement
- Interior walls should be inspected for signs of water damage
- Ceiling should be inspected for signs of moisture
- Substrate firmness should be evaluated
Proper preventive maintenance is one the most effective tools for maximizing the service life of a commercial roofing system and allows for an organized approach to successful roof asset management. Keep in mind that the initial cost of your roof is only a portion of its total cost of ownership over the roof’s lifespan. The key to increasing performance, while simultaneously decreasing cost, is a proactive method of properly identifying and repairing minor problems today in order to avoid major complications tomorrow. Chances are you spent a considerable amount of money for your new roof, so it is in your best interest to protect it by implementing a habit of regular preventive maintenance.