Why is it important to keep an SPF roof in good shape?

Properly maintaining an SPF roof will save money on energy costs and wield excellent insulation for years to come while providing maximum protection against the most extreme outside elements. Which is why it is crucial to periodically inspect your roof for any damages on a regular basis. It is recommended to inspect your roof at least twice per year; in the spring and in the fall. This preventative maintenance will help extend the life of your SPF roof and save you money.

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What to look for when inspecting your roof…

Gutters, Scuppers and Drains:

  • When inspecting your roof, it is important to pay close attention to your gutters, scuppers, and drains in order to ensure that there are no obstructions that may cause damage to your structure.
  • You may want to check for leaves, dirt, or any other debris that may cause drains to experience blockage. You will also need to check the seal of the system around these specific areas to ensure there is no damage. Verifying that all screens and strains are in their proper place is also essential.

Rooftop units and penetrations:

  • It is important that roof penetrations such as vents, hatches, stacks, HIVAC equipment, and Skylights are sealed from the weather.
  • It is also worth noting that HIVAC units in particular should be piped to drains due to their condensation. As well as making sure that stacks have rain caps on, sealing any seams in units with caulk, and properly sealing skylights, and finally making sure there are no other damages done to the SPF roof system.

The roof system at all flashing and termination points:

  • Check for cracks or splits in the various roof terminations such as the expansion joints and the edge flashings. Also look for any moisture penetration or deterioration on masonry walls, as well as making sure that cop’’ing points and metal flashings are completely sealed.

Surface area of the Roof System:

  • Check for mechanical damage or other damages that may be caused by excessive roof walking, heavy tools, hail, etc.
  • Inspect for any punctures or blisters; if not dealt with right away, there is risk of damage over a long period of time. These miniscule damages can be easily repaired by using a caulk cartridge.

Other potential defects on your SPF roof:

  • Examine closely for any erosion on coating or on foam, as well as any cracks and moisture penetration inside the foam. A moisture meter may be used in order to properly determine if there is any moisture in your SPF roof.