Spring showers bring…roof leaks? Not how you remember it? Well it’s true and it is especially possible if you skip your spring roof inspection. Winter takes its toll on a roof. Freeze-thaw cycles, heavy snow loads and ice can really cause damage. Even if you live in a warm climate where cold weather damage isn’t a worry, spring is a good time to have your roof inspected so you are ready for the stormy season ahead.
If you plan to inspect the roof yourself*, here are some things to know, what to look for and suggestions for when to call your Firestone Licensed Contractor.
1. CLEAR DEBRIS
Clear the rooftop of any debris. For best results on Firestone single ply roofing membranes, use a stiff bristle broom and apply positive downward pressure when clearing accumulated dirt and leaf deposits around drains and scuppers.
2. TEARS, SPLITS, & PUNCTURES
Look for tears, splits and punctures in the roofing membrane and contact your Firestone Licensed Contractor as soon as possible to have them repaired. Always be sure to report roof leaks observed inside the building directly to Firestone Warranty Services, as required by your Red Shield™ System Limited Warranty.**
3. SECURE EQUIPMENT
Verify that rooftop equipment is secure and won’t become dislodged in high winds. Although high winds can occur during any month of the year, March through June is the official tornado season, so high winds are more likely during this time of year.
4. CLEAR BLOCKAGES
Clear any blockages from drains, downspouts or gutters.
5. CHECK FLASHINGS
Check metal counter flashings at roof-to-wall transitions, and around rooftop units, vents and skylights. Re-secure areas that are loose or have pulled away and re-seal as needed.
6. PONDING WATER
Look for standing water, also known as “ponding water.” The National Roofing Contractors Association defines ponding water as water that remains 48 hours after a rainfall in conditions conducive to drying. Building owners and facility managers should monitor areas of persistent ponding water, as it may create slip hazards.
If you find damage, or if you want a more comprehensive inspection of your roof, contact your Firestone Licensed Contractor. Quickly addressing any issues can extend the life of your roof and prevent leaks, internal damage and interruptions in your business.
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* Always exercise caution and observe sound safety practices when accessing and maintaining your roof, and insist workers from other trades do the same when performing work or servicing rooftop equipment.
** Conditions apply. See Firestonebpco.com/us-en/resources/warranties for details.