INMAN NEWS: (05/01/17)-
- Regular inspections. As the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer in most locales, the time is now to refocus on roofing maintenance to ensure that the winter elements have not caused any damage or issues that could compromise performance as the year goes on. In addition to inspecting both before and after every winter, it’s critical that those responsible for overseeing roof inspections is trained and has experience identifying potential problems.
- Two, recognize the need to focus on common issues. More specifically, focus on the two most likely areas of a roof to be damaged or in disrepair after a long winter: the field and flashings.
- Three, take steps to ensure the safety of those caring for your apartment community’s roofs. More traffic increases the chances of dangerous situations such as falls. This can be helped by providing proper safety equipment such as harnesses and gloves. Installing grab bars, railings, or screens over skylights are other options. Walkway pads and roof pavers can also reduce the risk of falls.
- Finally, document any and all findings. “Each biannual roof inspection performed on your building should use a document such as a checklist to make sure the same areas are checked and nothing slips through the cracks.”