The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting all roofs twice each year, once after the hottest weather and again after the coldest weather. It is these weather cycles that induce the most thermal stresses on roofs and manifest the greatest damage. Roofs should also be inspected after any major weather event, such as high winds or hail. The inspection report should classify distresses as follows:
Routine maintenance should be performed regularly, thereby correcting deficiencies disclosed by the inspections. All maintenance and repair work orders and payments should be entered into the client’s database.
Edis T. Oliver, P.E., is a principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, and has 35 years experience in the roofing industry. He is past president of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas and the Central Texas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The Importance of Roof Maintenance
Collect Written Roof Documentation
Maintain Roof Data Electronically
Survey All Roofs
Prepare Roof Condition Report and Priorities
Implement Scheduled Roof Repairs
Perform Semi-annual Roof Inspection