The following information is designed to assist owners in establishing a regular and beneficial roof inspection and maintenance program. This important area of responsibility for the building owner can provide many long-term benefits, including extended life expectancy of the roofing system, reduced average in-place cost, prevention of major deterioration resulting from minor problems and eventually, reduced roof system replacement cost.
Roof Maintenance Guidelines
All roofs require regular inspections and periodic maintenance to achieve their expected life. Roofs should be inspected at l
east twice yearly, in the spring and fall. Additionally, all roofs should be inspected after any severe weather or storms. The roofing contractor who installed
the roof membrane, inconjunction with the building owner’s maintenance personnel, should perform these inspections. Leaks occur most often at flashings, pitch pans, gravel stops, and other penetrations. Pay special attention to these areas.
Included among the roof components that are not part of the roof membrane and hence not covered by the applicable CertainTeed limited warranty are the
following: underlying roof deck, insulation, vapor retarders, fasteners, metal work, drains, pitch pans, expansion joints, skylights, vents, plastic accessories,
decorative or reflective coating, surfacing and/or any ballast, rock, or gravel. Roof components are the owner’s responsibility to maintain.
– One of the keys to avoiding roof damage is limiting access to the roof. Allow only authorized personnel on the roof who understand good roof
access procedures and precautions. Bag and remove all debris from the roof. Keep grease and oil off of the roof. Clean and remove any liquid deposits
immediately. Do not allow foot traffic on the roof in very hot or very cold weather. Do not allow the installation of television or radio antennas, satellite
dishes or other mechanical equipment without notifying CertainTeed for approval and for consultation about the methods and details for these installations.