There are many factors that affect the long-term performance of a roofing system and cause deterioration and aging of the roof components. Regular maintenance proactively addresses conditions that could adversely affect the performance of the roofing system and lead to damage as a result of water or moisture infiltration. Moisture within a roofing system can, over time, result in deterioration, or corrosion of decking, fasteners and other structural elements. Interior finishes, furnishings, fixtures, interior office equipment, inventory or finished goods and electrical/mechanical systems can also be damaged. Water infiltration through the roof can lead to poor air quality and promote the growth of mold. Needless to say, this type of damage can cost tens of thousands of dollars to rectify. Regular maintenance and inspections can identify and correct defects before they adversely affect the roofing and building components and become very costly to repair. Regular maintenance will also allow for the long term financial planning and budgeting for roof replacement.
Roofs are subject to stress and deteriorating effects due to their exposure to environmental conditions. Thorough and timely preventative maintenance can address conditions that require remedial repair and maximize the long-term performance of a roofing system. Although some roof systems take less maintenance than others, all roof systems should be checked periodically to be sure that they are free of debris and drains are clear. LR Roofing Solutions recommends that you have your roof inspected at least twice per year.
Roofing professionals generally agree that a good roofing system requires proper design, quality materials and quality installation to perform well. Following the installation of a new roof system, it is also critical to establish a preventative maintenance program in order to attain the expected service life of the roof components and system.
A preventative maintenance program consists of regular inspections and corrective repair of any observed defect. Inspections should be completed twice a year; in the spring and fall and also after any major weather events including heavy rains, high winds and hail storms. Additional inspections should be completed following installation or maintenance of any rooftop equipment.
Inspections should be undertaken by a qualified, trained, roofing contractor who can properly assess the condition of the roofing components, identify defects and perform the necessary repairs. A typical inspection should include a review of the interior walls and ceiling for signs of water staining, exterior walls for cracking and signs of moisture and a review of the membrane, flashing, and penetrations.