what every owner should know
Roofs are the most overlooked components in a building’s maintenance until there is a problem. Unchecked minor anomalies can quickly become major headaches for everyone involved.
Implementing a proactive maintenance plan can prolong the life of your roof and decrease the frequency of roof replacements which can be a costly endeavor.
EVERY 5 Years
Outlined is a simple action plan that will determine possible services needed:
It is important to consistently check the following areas within your building:
Interior and Exterior Walls
Roof and Roof Desk
Base and Curb Flashing
Look for signs of water damage which may appear in the following forms:
Discuss your findings with one of RJSA's licensed professionals, to create an appropriate repair and maintenance plan
Scheduling an inspection upon completion of the building or upon aquisition of a new property is a great way to stay on top of things.
A 5-year plan should be established that lays out regular inspections at least twice a year. The ideal time to schedule these insepctions is after extreme weather when damage is most likely to occur. Keep in mind that damage is more common during the winter and summer months.
A tool that we at RJSA have found to be extremely helpful in assessing the conditon of roofs are Infrared Roof Moisture Surveys. They provide an objective assessment of the condition of your roof, allowing you to be proactive instead of reactive to your roofing needs. At just pennies a square foot, infrared roof surveys can save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary roof or facade repairs. At RJSA all surveys are conducted by individuals who have a through understanding of building systems and components. All of our thermographers have Level III Certification by the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing, the highest level training attainable.
Setting a budget in your 5-year plan is also useful and can help keep your expenses in check throughout the process. It is essential to understand what is covered under the warranty and possible expectations you may have to create a more accurate budget.
Quick Facts to Remember:
Roof Retro-fit: Removing areas where the insulation is wet, replacing the ineffective insulation and then roofing over the entire system with a cap sheet. This is always more cost effective when possible.
Roof Replacement: Removing all roofing materials down to the structural deck and placing an entirely new roofing system on top.