July 2020

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It’s Always a Good Time for Roof Maintenance Lucio “Leo” Vasquez, Technical Manager, Sherwin-Williams Roofing Solutions Marisol Masferrer, Regional Account Manager, Sherwin-Williams Company Regular inspection and maintenance are critical components of building management. This is particularly true when it comes to the roof. Catching a problem early and preventing leaks through regular maintenance can save a building owner thousands of dollars in structural and property damage. For contractors, partnering with building owners on a maintenance program and regular inspections makes good business sense. While any roof observation can come with its share of surprises, there are certain focus areas you will always want to keep in mind. Next to following proper safety protocol, having a solid game plan can be the most important part of any inspection. Notes from the install, previous repair work or inspections will help in this area. Consulting with the building owner in advance on any issues they have experienced or repairs that maintenance staff may have performed, will also provide better insight. Unfortunately, many roof problems are caused by individuals who have no legitimate reason to be on the roof or who do not know or care about the proper precautionary measures required to protect the surface. It is strongly recommended that access be limited to authorized personnel only, that all individuals



or working parties are logged in and out to establish responsibility for any mechanical abuse and that all unnecessary foot traffic is strictly avoided. All roof systems should have a complete inspection semi-annually in the spring and fall, after any major weather event and after any structural damage to the building. More frequent inspections are required for structures that evacuate or exhaust debris onto the roof surface. Examples include manufacturing facilities and restaurants which often expel substances that can rapidly deteriorate the membrane. Inspect the exterior of the building and parapets for signs of settling that may result in distortion or damage to the membrane and/or flashing components. The condition of the roof and all systems should be noted on an inspection report. All roof flashing surfaces should be carefully inspected for any abnormal conditions such as: