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Preventative Maintenance

Due to its constant exposure to heat, cold, ultraviolet radiation, rain, snow, hail, high winds and/or mechanical damage, a roof can be the most vulnerable components of a building’s exterior.

The roofing system is a critical asset in the overall building envelope, and should be treated as such. Identifying and correcting potential problem early is paramount to ensuring that small problems do not become major issues. A thorough and consistent maintenance schedule will not only extend the life of the roofing system and lower life cycle and replacement costs, but will help protect other building components as well.

  • Provide proper drainage to minimize water on the roof. Keep the roof surface clean from leaves, pine needles, twigs, paper, accumulated dirt and other debris, which tends to accumulate at and clog drains.
  • Check the building’s exterior for settlement or movement. Cracks in the walls are a warning of possible cracks in the roof substrate and flashing.
  • Avoid damaging the roofing system by exposing it to any of the following, which could cause premature degradation of the coating or membrane: liquids containing petroleum products, solvents, grease, oils used for air conditioning or compressor units, kitchen waste, and chemicals.
  • The use of catch pans may be used to protect the roofing membrane from exposure to grease, chemicals, and other materials that would otherwise be expelled onto the roof surface.
  • Check for signs of algae, mold, mildew or other plant growth on the roof, particularly in shaded areas.
  • Remove foreign debris such as glass, bolts, nails, screws, metal shavings, and any other materials that may cause punctures or cuts.

More than 80% of all roofs are replaced prematurely because of problems that occur before they reach their anticipated lifespan, but that number can be reduced through regular, preventative roof maintenance.

  • Studies have shown that proactively maintained roofs last up to 60% longer than re-actively maintained roofs.
  • Less than 1% of roof failure is caused by defective roofing materials; leaving poor installation, severe weather, and lack of maintenance to blame.

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