T R Freeman take a look at Seasonal Roof Maintenance
February 05 2018
A building’s roof plays an integral part in the safe and efficient running of any operation. Not only does it protect the building from the elements, it also assists with energy efficiency targets and impacts the overall building security. However, damage, wear and poor maintenance can have severe consequences on its effectiveness.
As an owner, or person responsible for a commercial building it is important to ensure regular inspections of your roof. Taking a proactive approach to roofing maintenance is key, identifying potential defects early can save vast quantities of money, not to mention avoid the risk of business downtime due to roof failure.
With regular maintenance any patterns of defects can be addressed early, budgets and refurbishments can be planned ahead of time, and minor repairs can be carried out increasing the overall life-span of the roof.
We would recommend having a professional assist you with your inspections and certainly your maintenance. They will understand how to correctly and safely access the roof and ensure the inspection or maintenance is carried out using recognised safe working practices. They will have the experience to use equipment to fully check all components of the roof and will be able to identify any potential defects, not apparent to the untrained eye. Allowing an in-experienced or unlicensed individual could not only be dangerous, but it is likely they will not have the knowledge to understand the cause of a problem. This increases the risk of a small roofing issue escalating into a much bigger, and more costly problem.
Severe weather is one of the biggest threats to the welfare of your roof, and it would be highly recommended that after an episode of bad weather you carry out a roof inspection. However, it is also important to carry out general checks throughout the year. Here we look general areas you may wish to consider depending on what the season is.
Excessive snow loads can accumulate on roofs during winter placing your building and operations at risk. If this happens it is important to clear drainage areas and maintain positive water flow during the freeze-thaw cycles.
A spring inspection can be used to identify any issues cause during the winter months, especially those created by ice and snow accumulation. It is important that the membrane, rooftop equipment and drainage areas are examined for any blockages and damage sustained during the winter months.
The summer months are the perfect time to assess the current state of your roof and carry-out any maintenance and improvements highlighted in previous inspections.
In the autumn it is important to assess for any damage that may have been caused as a result of high thermal stress and UV light. It is also a good time to ensure that all drains, gutters and downpipes are clear of leaves and debris. Any blockage can cause problems in enabling water to drain from your property.