THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER ROOF MAINTENANCE

It’s vital to do your roof maintenance and do the repairs on your roof when needed. This proactive approach is much easier and less expensive to take certain preventive measures to avoid the emergence of defects. It’s not recommended to wait until these issues escalate to a point where the expenses become overwhelming, and the roof requires major repair.

During the fall season, the roof’s integrity is similarly checked, its overall condition is assessed, and defects are identified. Additionally, it’s beneficial to clear any accumulated debris.

MAINTENANCE OF FLAT ROOFS: SUBTLETIES TO CONSIDER

During regular inspections, the following points are evaluated and rectified if needed:
1

Integrity

of the roofing carpet, presence of damages, cracks, or bulges.
2

Condition

of the material at junctions with parapets, pipes, and other pass-through elements - the material shouldn't detach from the base or slip.
3

Accumulations

of debris and dust that foster moss and other vegetation growth – debris should be cleared.
4

Secure attachment

of pediments, drip edges, clamping and edging straps.
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The best material for maintaining flat roofs is considered to be «Last America.» This durable material not only perfectly preserves the roof’s condition but also offers energy savings: its white coating reflects the sun’s rays, keeping the room cool.

THE MOST COMMON ROOFING PROBLEMS AND THEIR ORIGIN

Leaks are a real headache for any owner of a private house. It is enough to allow a slight leak in order for humidity to increase, dampness and even mold to form. Accordingly, the microclimate in the room will also deteriorate. The rafters, as a result, are destroyed prematurely, which negatively affects the wiring, as there is a risk of short circuit.
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The decoration of the walls and ceiling may also suffer.
As for leaks, they are different: rain; dry; flickering.

 

The first arise due to the damage in the roofing pie or when there is a leak in the places of connection. Dry leaks can be observed regardless of moisture, because of the fact that the thermal insulation layer is simply wet due to accumulated condensate. Flickering leaks occur from time to time, and the weather in this case does not play any role. The broken technology of laying the material or the presence of micro cracks in it are the ones to blame.

And of course, even when arranging the roof, it is necessary to pay attention to the quality of materials and fasteners. It is important to observe the installation technology with extreme care. Physical deterioration of the roof or a failed drainage system also acts as a cause of leaks. It is also not necessary to exclude mechanical damage due to hail, beating of tree branches, even fungal lesions can eventually lead to a violation of the integrity of the roof and the formation of other defects.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY MEASURES DURING ROOFING WORK

Roofing tasks are best left to professionals due to the increased risk of falling from heights. Only experts are equipped to follow all safety guidelines strictly. First and foremost, they never work at heights alone. A second person is always present to provide backup and even administer first aid if necessary. During thunderstorms, all roofing activities are strictly forbidden. The same rule applies when it’s raining or when there’s wind or fog. Before starting any job, the stability of ladder structures undergoes a thorough inspection. After all, they are used for accessing flat or sloped roofs. Likewise, the stability of ordinary stepladders must be considered. When working on the roof, wearing gloves or mittens made of thick fabric is mandatory. Additionally, ropes or safety belts with secure fastenings are a must.

 

Concerning the attire of the workers, it should be as comfortable as possible: no dangling strings or ties, and absolutely no slippery shoes. Only boots with soft, thick soles that don’t leave marks on surfaces are allowed.

All areas where work is to be conducted are additionally equipped with barriers. These can be permanent or temporary. Devices that function as snow holders are particularly useful. They can significantly enhance roof safety.

For comfortable and safe movement across the roof, especially sloped ones, it’s advisable to use walkway bridges with special handrails.

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