NO ROOF SHOULD EVER BE EXPECTED TO LAST ITS FULL LIFE EXPECTANCY WITHOUT PROPER MAINTENANCE!
A good Roof Maintenance Program is vital to the performance of any roofing system. At least one time per year, a preventative roof maintenance check should be made. Every roof requires maintenance to insure its continued serviceability since most roofs are subject to damage from foot traffic, extreme weather, wind, vandalism, tree branches, and leaves. It is very important to understand that debris from tree branches and leaves that are left to collect in the valleys can be very destructive to the underlayment of tile roofs and the granulation separation of all composition roofs. Leaves and dirt left for long periods of time can void many manufactures warranties, and shorten the life expectancy of the overall roof. It is absolutely imperative that minor repairs be made immediately upon detection to prevent further deterioration of the roofing system.
Annual Roof Maintenance and Inspection provided by LA ROCQUE BETTER ROOFS, INC. includes:
- Removal of all debris from roof surface. Note any areas where damage and/or punctures occurred so they can readily identified for repair.
- Remove accumulations of soil which may support plant life resulting in penetrating of the roof system by plant roots.
- Check the overall condition of the flat roof surface for: Blisters and ridges, splits or cracks in the membrane (splits which occur as a result of structural movement will reoccur); open end or lap joints in the cap sheet or membrane, or exposed felts requiring re-coating and new gravel; deterioration of any component of the roof system, supplemental drainage needed to eliminate ponding of water.
- Check flashings and/or gravel stops for deterioration, lateral tears or splits, and opening joints.
- Identify any new penetrations from other trades such as, but not limited to, pipes, A/C units, and satellite dishes. Document, photograph, and report any such activity to the management company.
- Check all flashings around equipment mounts, skylights, and roof top ventilators carefully for any signs of deterioration, foot punctures, or splitting at corners.
- Check flexible type expansion of relief joint splits or tears.
- Check equipment, skylights, smoke vents, vent stacks, pitch pans, etc., to insure they are sealed against water entry. Inspected hoods on ventilators and skylights for solid securement against blow-offs. Check will be made for loose metal cap flashings at perimeter, internal parapets and expansion joints. Re-secure as required.
- Removal of all debris from strainers over drain pipes. Seal checked between drain and membrane for any signs of drying or deterioration. Dried bitumen or caulking will be resealed with bitumen or caulking. Scupper will be opened to allow free drainage.
If extensive repairs are necessary, a survey rather than the routine maintenance will be performed. A written proposal containing the general roof condition, the repairs proposed with photographs, and the project cost for extensive repairs or re-roof will then be provided.