Commercial roofing, Roof Maintenance, Roofing

Simple Strategies to Start Roof Maintenance


Roof maintenance is one of the most easily neglected, yet most important, steps you can take to preserve your business. Your roof shelters your entire company. Getting into the mindset of routine roof maintenance is surprisingly simple.

Buy a Calendar

A drugstore-quality calendar is all you need to get into the habit of simple roof maintenance. Those three words are not random:

  • Simple — Avoid asking your facilities crew to tackle any rooftop maintenance that is too specialized, difficult or dangerous
  • Roof — Concentrate on the roof and its connected systems, which include drainage, rooftop walkways, and exterior walls
  • Maintenance — Keep your ambitions modest by calling on local, expert commercial roofing contractors for repair work, extensive maintenance, and inspections

With your calendar, set out a regular schedule of simple maintenance tasks that fit your maintenance crew’s workload.

What Needs Maintenance?

Your rooftop maintenance program splits into five areas:

  1. Drainage systems
  2. Walkways
  3. Rooftop projections
  4. Roof surface
  5. Edges

For each area, consider the number of workers needed to perform regular, routine roof maintenance. Drainage systems might call for two workers every three weeks; walkways can be assessed and spruced up by one person once a season; and so on.

What Should Be Checked?

  1. With drainage systems, your crew is clearing internal drains and exterior scuppers. Ensure no visible rot or degradation of the strainer on an interior drain. For scuppers, check to make certain the connections between flashing and scuppers are intact and closed.
  2. With walkways, third-party visitors use them; ensure no boards are broken (to prevent lawsuits) and the walkways are draining adequately.
  3. Rooftop projections include HVAC units, window washing equipment, signs and sanitary stacks. Proper roof maintenance means keeping these areas clean, verifying secure connections, and noting any issues (flashing problems around HVAC curbs, oblong bolt holes).
  4. The roof surface needs to be cleared of debris and swept of any standing water. Crews should note scoured areas where ballast is thin, tears in a single-ply membrane and open seams.
  5. Edges are major safety hazards; only have your crew perform edge work if they have proper training and safety equipment. Edges are where mechanical fasteners and flashing may fail. They require routine visual inspection and simple maintenance.

When your roof maintenance extends beyond the simple, regularly scheduled tasks your facilities crew can handle, contact the professionals of SCI. We respond quickly, we work efficiently and we get the job done right.

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