Denver Roofing: Article About Commercial Warranty Tips
Roof systems on commercial buildings play an important role in keeping buildings secure and occupants safe, but the only things protecting the roofs are the facility managers who maintain them. Considering all of the issues that can go wrong with a roof, maintaining the system can be worrisome. Facility managers have some help in this regard from both experienced Denver roofing contractors and the invaluable manufacturer roof warranties that protect the investment. Those warranties are easily voided, however, if facility managers aren't careful with roof maintenance. Here are a few tips for roof maintenance that help facility managers avoid some of the most common pitfalls.
Aside from carefully reading the roof warranty, the best way to uphold the warranty is to set a consistent maintenance and inspection schedule. Annual inspections are not enough. Roof inspections should be conducted twice a year at a minimum. Facility managers should also perform additional inspections after heavy rain, major snowstorms, wind events and nearby fires. Keeping a record of these inspections is important in case the roof manufacturer questions the roof's maintenance record.
Traffic on the roof's surface should be limited to those who absolutely need to be on the roof. Those allowed on the roof should be cautioned to avoid walking on the roof more than necessary and instructed to stay away from stepping on blisters and other weak areas of the roof.
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Temporary fixes and inappropriate repair materials should be avoided at all costs. Plastic roof cement is a popular fix it solution for many facility managers, but it should only be used on roofs that are asphalt based. The cement degrades most other single ply membrane roofs and is ineffective on metal roofs. Even when used appropriately on asphalt roofs, plastic roof cement is only a temporary repair and should be replaced with the permanent repair within six months. Failing to use plastic cement correctly can void the roof manufacturer's warranty at a time when the roof is most vulnerable.
Facility managers also must address ponding issues immediately to safeguard the roof's integrity and warranty. Standing water is the enemy of most low slope and flat roofs, increasing the odds of costly roof leaks by eroding the roof's surface material and allowing water to seep under seams.
Facility managers should be careful to use only roofers who are certified by the roof manufacturer and clear any needed repairs with the factory before any work is done. Using unauthorized roofers and allowing unapproved alterations to the roof are quick ways to void a warranty.