What Does Ongoing Maintenance Mean, And Why Is It Important To Your Roof?
Maguire Brothers look at ongoing roof maintenance, roof inspections and roof repairs
In construction the term ongoing maintenance is often heard, but what does it mean? What does it entail? And how much is it going to cost you?
Ongoing maintenance refers to minor works that help keep your roof safe and reduce the likelihood of larger problems arising. Think an MOT for your roof.
What Is Required To Maintain A Roof?
Examples of work include cleaning gutters, unblocking rainwater outlets, replacing slipped tiles and clearing away any debris that has built up on the roof.
The clearing of a roofs gutters and rainwater outlets is often overlooked during maintenance. However, doing so can lead to the failure of the entire roofing system.
Most clients today buy into a roofing manufacturers long and robust guarantees, however all of these are void if regular maintenance is not carried out.
Ongoing maintenance also refers to the regular inspection of your roof, often by a contractor’s or manufacturer’s team.
You must keep a record of any inspections, repairs or renewals that occur on your roof, as the manufacturer will require this for their guarantee. These records must be available for viewing by the manufacturer or their representatives should a claim ever been made against the guarantee.
Should an inspection reveal a needed repair, it is important to begin the work as soon as it is feasible, but remember to consult your previous contractor so as to not void any guarantee your roof may have. This will also allow for a quick repair that meets your roofs specifications.
Summary Of Roof Maintenance
Maintenance is an important aspect of a job that might not be considered. However, ignoring it can lead to hefty costs that could have been easily avoided.
A roof should be inspected at least twice yearly. Specialist roofs though will have their own inspection time-frame, set by the roof’s designer.
In the event of vandalism, extreme weather or nearby construction work an inspection should be carried out. Roofs with lots of overhanging trees should also be inspected more frequently due to rapid build-up of leaves.
If your roof is outside of a warranty or you just want a second opinion on the state of your building’s roof, Maguire Brothers offer free roof surveys and reports that will give you all the information you need.