Preventative maintenance will prepare roofing for winter weather and elements
CLEVELAND, Sept. 15, 2020 – While the sunshine and warm weather of summer are still lingering, facility managers and commercial building owners are getting ready for the annual fall ritual of making sure their roofing is ready for the unrelenting winter weather. Legacy Roofing Services, one of the largest commercial roofing service providers in the United States, advises building owners to make the most of the fall by carefully inspecting their roofing and assessing any work that needs to be done before the start of winter.
Preventative maintenance is the key to both a healthy roof and a stable budget. The goal is to stop problems before they arise in an effort to avoid costly repairs and replacements. In order to maintain the structural integrity of the roof, a walkover assessment is recommended twice a year, specifically during fall and spring, to protect the structure from harsh conditions both before and after winter.
“A lot of building owners believe a roof that is relatively new does not need to be maintained,” said Steve Smith, vice president of Legacy Roofing Services. “This is untrue; the best way to prolong the life of a roof is to put a preventative maintenance plan in place right away. Manufacturers may also give incentives for properly maintaining the roof, including extending the life of the warranty for up to 10 years.”
When problems are caught before irreversible damage sets in, the cost factor is dramatically decreased in the long term. It is often the case that a large fix is beyond the budget constraints of the facility manager, which makes it critical to identify any issues as fast as possible. It is also vital to remember that any structural damage caused by unaddressed issues on the roof, depending on the weather, age of the roof and current condition, may further compound an already existing problem.
Experts explain two of the biggest mistakes a facility manager can make are neglect and trying to maintain a roof using general maintenance staff. Roofing specialists have been trained to spot intricate problems before they occur. If there are any punctures or holes on the roof, for example, some may be too small for a non-roofing professional to notice and will not get patched to prevent water from entering. Caulking details around penetrations, deterioration, clogged roof drains, end laps, edge metal details and strainers over the top of drains are just a few more examples of problems that often go unnoticed. Roofing professionals are also equipped to give diagnostic recommendations that could benefit the integrity of the building and impact other areas. Restaurants, for example, may require installation of grease containment units, specific exhaust fans and ventilators to prevent the oil from reaching the roof membrane.
Smith adds that “it is important to recognize that not all roofs are in a good enough condition for preventative maintenance; some roofs may go beyond the limits of preventative work and may need replacement or specific repairs that will stabilize the roof and extend its life until budgets permit the necessary replacement.
Legacy Roofing Services is one of the largest commercial roofing service providers in the United States, managing more than 5 million square feet of roofing every year. The company provides a wide array of installation, repair and maintenance services using the latest technologies, including infrared scanning, a fleet of UAS drones and a proprietary online project management portal. Legacy Roofing has been ranked as a “Top 100 Roofing Contractor” by Roofing Contractor magazine for the past five years and has been certified, licensed and recognized by every major roofing system manufacturer. The company was founded in 2012 and operates in the Midwestern United States. More information is available at LegacyRoofing.com and on social media (Twitter: @LegacyRfg; IG: @LegacyRoofSvc; Facebook: @LegacyRoofingServices.
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