Below is a list of preventative maintenance tips for your roof. The first 5 tips are common to all roof types. Underneath the first 5 tips you will find preventative maintenance tips specific to each roofing material.
Preventative maintenance tips:
1. Make sure the roof is clean and free of debris. Make sure debris around the HVAC units, pitch pans, pipes and flashings are clear of debris. Debris holds water and water will cause roof deterioration.
2. Check all caulking and sealants to make sure there is no cracking. Reseal the area if cracking of the sealant occurs.
3. Keep all tree branches trimmed back away from the roof. This is especially important in Florida where violent weather can turn a tree branch into a dangerous object that could do extensive damage to a roof or even the supporting structure.
4. Make certain your gutters and other drainage are free from debris. If they are not they will encourage water accumulation which could lead to roof deterioration.
5. Check the mortar on chimneys and parapet walls. Have a look anywhere there is a concrete seam. If there is any cracking make sure you have it sealed.
Spray Foam Roofing
- Check for blisters. If the blister is open have a roofing contractor with extensive SPF experience fix it. The benefit of SPF is that even with an open blister the leak will be contained.
- Check for and exposed yellow foam and if there is some visible call a roofing contractor with spray foam experience to reseal it.
- Any split, puncture or other damage should be noted and repaired.
Flat roofs- Built up roof (BUR) and Modified Bitumen
- If your roof has a gravel layer and thee is a bare spot you need to have it fixed asphalt roof cement will usually work. Then have the bare are recovered with gravel.
- Look at the roofs metal edge and see if there is any separation in the seams. If there is you will need to have it repaired.
- Check for damaged shingles. If there are replace them
- Look for algae. If there is algae present you should have zinc or lead control strips installed.
Single Ply Roof systems/ Thermosets and Thermoplastics
- Look for any foreign objects and remove them. With a single ply roof there is only a single layer of protection so anything that penetrates that layer is potentially damaging. If, for instance there is a nail on the roof and it is stepped on, in all likelihood there will be a leak.
- Look for any bubbles or blisters. If there are any you should have them repaired by a licensed roofer immediately! Do not step on them or puncture them!
- Check for any separation from the roofs metal edge. If there is any it should be repaired immediately.
- Inspect all seams. If there are any gaps or separation have it fixed immediately.
- Clean out and repair any pitch pockets.
- Check for damaged tile and have any broken tiles replace.
- Typically, damage is beneath the tiles on tile roofs. If you are experiencing leaking you should contact a roofing contractor immediately.
Wood Shake and wood shingles
- Check for fungus, moss and algae. If you see any have zinc or lead control strips installed.
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