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John Sullivan - Friday, February 10, 2017

Create a Laptop Roofing Inspection Calendar with Auto Reminders

 


Your roof is under constant attack by stress, weather and structural movement. Normal wear and tear is a fact of nature for all roofs. Damage can occur quietly and become extensive and costly before it is detected. Without a regular inspection routine, it is very easy for a roof to be neglected as managers focus on other pressing building issues. Suddenly, what should have been a simple, routine maintenance issue becomes a major threat to the structure and your budget. 

 

You can avoid sneak attacks by creating a laptop calendar with reminder notifications for regular inspections.

 

Start with the Basics
We recommend that you plan scheduled inspections twice annually, and perform additional inspections after any severe weather. Other activities that will help keep your roof well maintained may be added to your calendar as needed. For example, you may want to schedule debris removal or drainage system cleanup. It is also important to note to whom, when and for what purpose access to the roof is granted.

 

Track the Details
Keeping detailed and organized records and documentation of all problems and repairs is key. An easy way to do this is by taking photos and notes with a smart phone and uploading them to your calendar or cloud storage. This will keep your reporting current and timely while requiring minimal time and effort. Share your calendar and notes with anyone who is involved with the maintenance, and encourage them to send the same type of documentation to you.. 

 

Below are some tips from our friends at Versico concerning common roof maintenance issues. You may wish to add some of these points to your calendar.

 

Drainage
Keep the drain areas of the roof surface clean to avoid clogging. Make sure that ponding water is drained from the roof within 48 hours following rain.

 

Petroleum Products
Keep all petroleum products (solvents, greases, oils, or any liquids containing petroleum products) off of the membrane to avoid degradation.

 

Animal Fats–EPDM Membranes
Kitchen wastes such as vegetable oils and animal fats should never be exhausted directly onto the surface of your roof. If incidental contact is likely, Versico can help with recommendations on membrane type and usage.

 

Chemicals
Any time chemicals contact your roofing membrane, you'll want to contact a professional. Some chemicals can cause degredation or swelling that must be addressed.

 

Foot Traffic
Your roof will need designated walkways to accommodate regular foot traffic or maintenance occurring at intervals of thirty days or less. 

 

Temporary Repairs
You can use sealant or a good-grade rubber caulk to make temporary repairs, or call a pro to take care of the problem.

 

Leaks
Locate the leak and determine if it originates with the roof membrane or if it's a wall, curb, skylight, metal ductwork or plumbing leak. Leaks caused by deterioration or failure of building components are not covered by the warranty. Soft or warped insulation may be a sign of a water leak.

 

Rooftop Maintenance
When it is necessary for workers to service rooftop equipment (e.g. HVAC units, antennas, etc.), they should be instructed to use walkways and exercise care with their tools and equipment to avoid puncturing the roofing membrane. It's also a good idea to make them aware of the dangers that chemicals and solvents pose to the roof surface.

 

 

You can find useful ideas and tools for keeping your roof in tip-top shape by visiting the Versico website.


 


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