Commercial/Industrial Roof Maintenance: A Simple Checklist
The roof system manufacturer’s warranty mandates that you take reasonable care of the roof system over its life but stops short of prescribing specific activities. This simple list is far from comprehensive but serves as a foundation from which to build a robust roof maintenance plan.
Keep the roof clean and free of debris
Trim nearby trees and make sure rooftop workers take soda bottles and rags after the job is complete. Trash and environmental debris like wet leaves can impede drainage. Downspouts, gutters, drains, and scuppers must be clear to facilitate proper drainage of water from the roof.
Keep rooftop equipment in good condition
During a storm, rooftop equipment (e.g. access panel doors) can become dislodged and dragged across the roof causing damage. Remove equipment no longer in service and maintain operable units to prevent unnecessary destruction.
Track roof traffic and access
Enforcing sign-in at roof access points is critical if you want to hold parties accountable for damage they cause. Prepare instructions on roof protection and have workers read it as they’re signing in to access the roof.
Schedule routine inspections
Hire a professional to inspect the roof at regular intervals. Frequency of inspections varies according to how heavily trafficked the roof is, its age, criticality of facility operations (e.g. food manufacturing where a leak could cause a product recall), etc. At a minimum, consider inspecting the roof twice a year before and after the season with the most extreme weather.
Budget for regular repairs
General preventive roof maintenance will identify and repair items that need regular attention, such as:
- Terminations like pitch pans, that need resealing.
- Punctures, tears, and cracks.
- Missing or protruding fasteners.
- Deteriorated caulking and sealants.
- Failing caulk on open sheet metal seams.
Recording maintenance activities is proof of your compliance with the roof system manufacturer’s warranty requirements.
Install protective accessories
Consider using walkway pad, pipe supports, and grease guards to prevent unnecessary damage to the roof.
Catching (and repairing) problems when they’re small enough to fix easily and economically isn’t just fiscally responsible – it’s also the best way to ensure lasting roof performance. Maintaining your roof extends its service life, consequently maximizing your investment.
Work with D. C. Taylor Co. For Roof Maintenance
We have a team of skilled technicians who are ready to help you with your commercial or industrial roof maintenance needs. Our team has a refined approach to be sure all aspects of your roof are inspected and functioning as they should. Read more about our roof maintenance process and contact the D. C. Taylor Co. representative closest to you.