Once your roof is installed, it pretty much gets ignored until a problem, such as a leak, occurs. A facility manager can extend the life of a building’s roof as well as save money with a long-term plan. All it takes is a few steps.
This should come as no surprise. Regular inspection allows facility managers to track the progress of any issues, allowing him or her to be prepared when the roof needs to be replaced. Here’s what to look for in an inspection:
- blisters, ridges or wrinkles
- cracks and open seams
- punctures or pinholes
- split, cracked or deformed flashings
- waterproofing damage
- ponded water
- clogged drains
- rust, dents and missing fasteners
- misaligned or missing shingles (if applicable)
- water at peaks and valleys
Pay Attention to Warranties
Some warranties require periodic inspections to maintain coverage. It is best to identify potential problems while still under warranty so you can file a claim without risking expiration of the warranty.
It is best to prevent roof failure in the first place than to rely on warranty coverage. Many warranties require extra provisions in installation or details on certain areas. Pay extra attention to those details when inspecting the roof since they are more likely to be the source of trouble.
Make Time for the Roof
When maintenance fails to sustain your roof problem, it is time to consider a replacement. Replacing a roof before a leak or roof failure occurs may seem unnecessary, but it is the responsible thing to do and will be better for you in the long-run. Problems in your roof can contribute to other problems throughout the entire building.
Planning ahead in getting a new roof allows you to weigh all options in order to make the best choice for your building. Fight the temptation to have the same system re-installed – there may be a better option for you out there if you take the time.
Frequently checking the state of your roof will help you track any potential damage or failures in the system as well as give you the opportunity to plan ahead before something catastrophic occurs. It may seem like a pain in the moment, but trust us, you will be happier in the future.
Courtesy of facilitiesnet