Roof Maintenance Checklist
Steps to insure maximum longevity out of your roof system
1. Schedule an inspection: The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting a commercial roof at least twice a year as well as following severe storms. A roofing professional will look for signs of damage, including:
Damage to fasteners and sealants
Issues with the membranes like soft spots, bubbling, punctures or splits
Damage to flashings including skylights, perimeters, walls, penetrations, HVAC equipment curbs, and drains
Clogged drains and gutters
Signs of mold and allege growth
Security breaches and vandalism
2. Perform a roof moisture survey: A moisture survey measuring changes in roof materials when water is present should be conducted every five years. They can be taken in various ways including an infrared scan, which measures the amount of heat retained or lost through the insulation since wet insulation transmits heat better than dry.
3. Update and maintain roofing files: The most important tool a building owner can have to protect their commercial roofing asset is information. As the saying goes– knowledge is power! Knowing the current condition, warranty expiration details and when it was last worked on can help you to be proactive in managing your roofing system while ensuring it has a maximum service life. Be sure to keep up-to-date files on any installations, repairs, and changes made to your roof, along with warranties, plans, documentation of repairs, as well as samples of materials, to ensure your roof warranty remains intact.