General Preventive Maintenance: It Pays to Be Proactive
By taking a proactive approach to roof maintenance, you can catch problems when they’re small enough to fix easily and economically. When minor defects are left unattended long enough, they can become so large that a capital investment or facility shut-down are necessary.
D. C. Taylor Co.’s General Preventive Maintenance service not only extends roof life, but also costs considerably less than reactive repairs. “It’s literally pennies per the square foot for proactive maintenance. If a customer calls us out for a reactive emergency leak, it could be a couple thousand dollars for one square foot patch. There is no comparison,” says James (J. J.) Longerbeam, Vice President and Service Manager, D. C. Taylor Co., Cedar Rapids, IA. “And if you let it go too long, you could be looking at deck replacement, all new insulation, and a major roof replacement project.”
What is General Preventive Maintenance?
General Preventive Maintenance combines the ultimate trifecta in scheduled proactive maintenance – cleaning, inspection, and minor repairs.
Contrary to what you might think, this is not power washing your roof. The two-man crew will clean dirt, vegetation, and debris from waterways, drainage paths, and anywhere else it tends to build up. This cleaning once or twice a year removes conditions that could otherwise be ideal for the growth of unwanted vegetation and clog drains, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts. Instead of sending someone from your maintenance team to do the work, D. C. Taylor Co. personnel understands what’s required, and has proper equipment, to work safely near the roof’s edge.
Inspection is a service-within-a-service, that determines the roof’s condition and assesses its ability to serve the intended function. Customers can expect D. C. Taylor Co.’s Service Project Supervisor and Service Technician to evaluate the condition of more than 20 components of the roof using a standard process and inspection checklist. Deficiencies are noted on the checklist; minor repairs are made and major repairs are promptly brought to the customer’s attention so they, too, can be attended to at an additional cost.
Roof elements that don’t meet the customer’s expectations for condition and function are repaired or maintained, so long as they fall under D. C. Taylor Co.’s definition of a minor repair; examples follow.
- Resealing terminations, including pitch pans.
- Fixing small punctures, tears, and cracks.
- Replacing missing fasteners with new fasteners, oversized if necessary.
- Replacing deteriorated caulking or sealants.
- Installing fasteners in like membrane where protruding fasteners were removed.
- Applying caulk to open sheet metal seams.
How often does my roof need General Preventive Maintenance?
When the crew arrives onsite, this three-part, two-man service can take as little as two hours, or as much as eighty. The number, size, and complexity of roofing areas are all variables that impact how long the crew will be onsite. The same can be said for how often the service should be performed.
The amount of vegetation around the facility (that could clog drainage ways), the frequency of foot traffic on your roof, the sensitivity of operations under the roof and, oftentimes, your budget – will all be factors in deciding whether General Preventive Maintenance is performed once or twice a year, quarterly, or even monthly. D. C. Taylor Co. will make recommendations to guide you.