Regular Roofing Maintenance
You’re aging. Do not deny it. Every day takes its duty of you little by little. Because nobody wants to get old, we do things to delay the inevitable. We eat right most of us on time, exercise regularly and see our doctors for check-ups to be sure that we’ve no serious problems. After all, if we take good care of the stuff that is small, it’s going to delay the serious challenges that could shorten our lives.
A roof is the same way. Until the service life ends daily exposure to the air conditioning repair people, the sun, rain and other wear and tear gradually ages the roof sheath. Is that much more money which can be saved for other purposes.
A roof does not need proper exercise or healthy food. However, a roof does need regular check-ups in the form of periodic inspections and timely repairs.
What advantage is there in spending money every year? Studies have shown that a roof that’s not maintained will last about half of its expected service life.
However, you say, “That Is the reason why I have a warranty.” Do not assume that a guarantee will help. All manufacturers of roofing materials state within their warranty in the event the roof isn’t maintained the warranty is void. You’ll not have a case when you try to make a claim on a warranty issue that is supposed if you can not show that the roof has been maintained.
Experienced facility managers know that a roof consulting to be inspected at least twice a year to keep the warranty and to keep the roof alive as long as possible. But many do not know what to look for, so they hire someone to do it, or it does not get done. Depending on the complexity and the depth of the inspection, the inspector could be a qualified roofing contractor or the building staff. The investigation can entail anything from looking at the roof while walking to repair an A/C unit all of the way to a formal inspection using a moisture survey.
When to Inspect the Roof?
You want to have the inspections done before the season with the most challenging weather and once after. In the northern climes, the critical weather is winter where precipitation, storms and the cold contributes more to the demise of the roof. Where hot weather rules, summer is the season that is severe. The solar UV radiation is higher, as well as the roof is subjected to thermal shock due to sudden cooling and to high heat during summer rains. So you want to check the roof after it’s weathered the season to repair and before the severe season to fix the roof for its ordeal.
A formal moisture survey ought to be done along with the normal visual survey. There are three major types of damp survey systems, not one of which measures water. Every one of them measures properties of the roof materials that change when there’s water present.
An infrared examine measures the amount of heat lost or retained via the insulation. Wet insulation transmits heat better than dry materials. Therefore, the infrared camera will pick up the higher levels of heat radiated by materials that are wet.
Nuclear isotopic meters work by counting and sending hydrogen ions into the roof system. Because water has two hydrogen ions in every molecule, increases were calculated by the number of ions when water is present in the roof.
Resistance meters and electrical capacitance measure the strength of roof materials to conduct heat. They work on the belief that wet materials conduct electricity.
All these testing methods have limitations that need to be discussed with a roofing expert before they can be used to determine their applicability to a particular roof. Having a formal moisture survey is worthwhile. If a roof is available to be at any given moment in marginal condition, an investigation ought to be used at that point to help formulate a course of action.