Commercial Roof Maintenance
Roof repair and maintenance is the single most important investment a property manager, building owner, or facility manager can make to extend the life of their roof system and protect their roofing assets. Although it is often neglected after installation, several roof system components need to be inspected and maintained after a roof is installed.
3 Reasons for a Preventative Roof Maintenance Program:
- Maintaining a roof system BEFORE leaks occur is half the cost of repairing it later.
- Roofing Manufacturers require it for roof warranties.
- Preventative maintenance extends the service life of the roof system.
Commercial roof systems can be repaired or maintained either proactively or reactively. Reactive roof management does not include a preventive maintenance program and roofing professionals are generally only called after leaks are discovered. According to a 15 year study by Firestone Building Products, this type of roof maintenance program costs approximately twice as much as a preventative roof maintenance approach. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that preventative roof maintenance occur at least twice a year. Furthermore, most roofing manufacturers require maintenance for the duration of the roof system warranty. Lastly, proactive roof maintenance and repair programs will extend the service life of a roof system by as much as 45%.
Deer Park Roofing’s Commercial and Industrial Maintenance Programs
Depending on the size of your roof, Deer Park Roofing commercial service technicians will visit your site between 2-4 times per year and spend 4 hour increments inspecting the roof system and performing maintenance. Roof system components are inspected, including but not limited to the following:
- Roof Slope is inspected to ensure ponding water is not present. Ponding water is defined as water that wasn’t drained from the roof within a period of 48 hours since the last rainfall.
- Drainage is checked, including roof drains, overflow drains, scuppers, as well as gutters and downspouts. Any debris that is obstructing the drainage is removed to prevent ponding water and excess loads on the roof system.
- Roof Deck inspections can determine the structural integrity of the roof system and also pinpoint the locations of roof leaks.
- Insulation that is installed above the roof deck should remain dry to ensure the target Long Term Thermal Resistance is achieved (R-Value). Maintenance technicians will inspect the roof system to determine the likelihood of wet insulation.
- Membranes including EPDM, BUR, ModBit, PVC, TPO, and KEE can be repaired by a service technician immediately if the following deficiencies are present on your roof system:
- Flashings that are in poor condition are the most common culprits when it comes to roof leaks. Flashings can be found around roof curbs, plumbing vents, HVAC equipment and at penetrations. All flashings including base flashing, counterflashing, and wall flashing are inspected to ensure they are functioning as designed.
- Coatings can extend the life of roof membranes that are near the end of their service life. A service technician may recommend a roof coating if the conditions are conducive.
- Sheet metal including metal edge flashing, coping, gutters and downspouts, termination bar, gravel stop, and drip edge, is inspected, re-secured, and sealant is applied if necessary.
- Infrared roof inspections can be performed if underlying problems or wet insulation is suspected in most BUR, Modified Bitumen, or EPDM roof systems.
- Safety accessories can be added to a roof system. This includes anchor points, guardrails, roof hatches, and fixed access ladders.
|Holes, tears, or abrasion in membrane||Fishmouths or wrinkles in membrane|
|Blisters on BUR||Splits|
|Blisters on BUR||Pitch pans|
|Re-securing loose accessories||Vegetation growth on roof|
|Minor sheet metal repair||Lap and splice repair|
|Flashing repair||Membrane patch|
A Deer Park Roofing service technician may recommend that a larger scope of work (outside of minor repairs) should be performed. In this case, a written proposal will be provided to the property or facility manager. Facility managers are also provided with a picture report that highlights deficiencies and improvements made to the roof system.
Building owners, property managers, and facilities managers should always check to see if their current roof system is under a manufacturer’s warranty. When choosing a contractor to perform roof maintenance it is always recommended and in most cases required that the contractor is licensed or authorized by the current roof system’s manufacturer.
Customers with maintenance contracts and repeat customers are given priority emergency service when roof issues arise.
For questions regarding Commercial roofing services such as repair or preventative maintenance, contact a staff member.