Your home’s or business’s roof is one of the most important features of the structure. In fact, it’s arguably the most important system since it keeps everyone and everything safe from the elements. So, you want to protect your roof, the very structure that protects you and your loved ones or your business assets. But, what’s the best way to do that? Read on to learn why a roof maintenance program is a worthwhile investment in your home or business’s future.
THE CASE FOR A ROOF MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
In times of economic uncertainty, it’s certainly important for property owners, residential or business, to channel their investments wisely towards safeguarding their home or business. A roof maintenance program does just that in four ways:
- Prevent Repairs: Out of sight and out of mind is not the right helpful when it comes to roof structures. Roof preventive maintenance is important to ensure your roof is standing up to the elements and to prevent unnecessary repairs to the roof and underlying systems.
- Prevent Early Roof Failure: Early roof failure is a cost you don’t want to incur. Replacing a roof is costly, especially for a commercial roof.
- Maximize Roof Life: A roof maintenance program allows you to catch problem areas early. Roof preventive maintenance and the occasional small repair are a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing that you’re extending your roof’s life to its maximum potential.
- Record Keeping: Prudent and accurate record keeping is important for any business and homeowner. It’s expected to be able to show to potential buyers or investors of your home or business how your property has been maintained.
ROOF MAINTENANCE PROGRAM CHECKLIST
The following lists outline what a standard roof maintenance program entails for a home and/or business.
1. Look for interior signs of roofing problems. Even before your roofer may step foot on your roof, he or she may ask to take a look inside your home or business to look for telltale signs of roofing problems.
2. Check for cleanliness on the roof. Once on the rooftop, your roof inspector will check for dirt and debris accumulation. Drains can get clogged and dirt and debris can cause early decay and rot.
3. Check for signs of damage and weathering on the roof. On a commercial flat roof, one of the red flats to look for are spots that allow water to pool. More notes are taken for blistering, tears or holes, cracking, scuffs, or scratches in the membrane.
4. Check for gaps and rust in flashing. Check around chimneys, wall protrusions, valleys, skylights, drip edge, and anywhere flashing exists.
5. Check the drains. Moss, watermarks, water backups, and mold are indicators of clogged drains.
6. Check exterior structural components independently. Vents, pipes, equipment, chimneys, and skylights should be checked independently for signs of rust, rot, peeling paint, and moss or fungus.
7. Your roof inspector should ask if you have paperwork on any old repairs. Some of the first things to fail on a roof are previous repairs if they weren’t repaired properly.
If you want to extend the life of your home or business’s roofing system, put a roof maintenance program in place with a reputable roofing contractor. To learn more, call or contact online Younger Exteriors today.