The proper maintenance of a roof system may extend the life of the roof and reduce the potential of water damage to the interior of the building. Roof surfaces do not wear evenly due to weathering and other environmental exposures. This may also be true for different sections of the same roof surface.
To reduce the potential for damage, it is recommended that commercial roofing structures be inspected at least twice
a year. Other roof inspections are warranted following a major weather event such as wind and/or hail storm.
Why do roofing systems fail?
- Poor workmanship during installation
- Poor design of the roof system
- Faulty materials
- Trapped moisture / mechanical damage
- Neglect and lack of maintenance
- Foot traffic on the roof surface
Roof Maintenance Program
A roof maintenance program should be a systematic approach similar to any other mechanical system requiring maintenance. Automobiles for example, require regular inspections & routine maintenance to keep them in operational condition. As with any other maintenance program, management should assign this duty to a competent and trained person.
The maintenance program should include documentation (inspection forms, photographs, notes, repair invoices, etc.) to identify & record the issues noted during the routine inspections and to provide guidance to the contractors who will complete the repair. The goal of a roof maintenance program is to identify problem areas and complete repairs before they become major issues.
Commercial roofing systems include:
- The roof membrane
- Roof decking
- Roof insulation – installed below and/or on top of the roof deck
- Masonry parapets and copings
- Penetrations to the roof surface (vent pipes, HVAC systems, antennas, etc.)
- Traffic walkway
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