The roof is one of the most important parts of every property, so keeping it in good shape is important. The key to doing so is regular preventive maintenance, and if you haven’t been doing some roofing maintenance in the past few years, it’s a good time to get started now.
Here are a few things you should know.
Conduct your own inspections – As a property owner, keeping an eye on your roof’s condition is your responsibility, even with regular maintenance from a trusted roofing contractor. Think of it in terms of your annual physical: you visit your doctor, receive any prescriptions, and advice on what to eat and drink. The rest of the year, you keep an eye on your health by following the said advice. The same goes for your roof. In addition to regular maintenance, conduct your own inspections, not just after every storm. For commercial properties, you can delegate this task to a small team.
Keep a historical file – You should at least have a simple log of installations, repairs, and maintenance done to your roofing. Whether you prefer to keep a physical notebook or a digital file is up to you, as long as it’s easily accessible. Your roofing log should also contain relevant paperwork, from plans to receipts.
Retain a contractor – You’re more likely to neglect roofing maintenance when your property is much busier than a typical home; a moderately-sized commercial property, for instance. If this is the case, ask the contractor if they can be retained for scheduled maintenance that includes visual inspection and repairs. Our consultants can help you come up with a comprehensive roofing maintenance plan that can put in effect timely solutions to future roofing problems.
Mind the warranties – Whether you have a residential or commercial roofing type, take care when performing roofing maintenance or undertaking any unauthorized repairs. In most cases, any unauthorized change made to the roof could void the roofing warranty. The installation contract should include the warranty paperwork, including a comprehensive list of what you should and shouldn’t do with the roof. When in doubt, ask your roofing contractor first.
Rogers Roofing serves Munster, Dyer, and Tinley Park, IL. To know more about our roofing services, call us today at (219) 228-8210 (Indiana) and (773) 492-2270 (Illinois). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule your free estimate.