IRC Roof Assessment Maintenance Program (RAM)
In this period of tough economic uncertainty, it is imperative that facility management spend money wisely and manage assets properly. To determine what common roof issues might be ailing a building, roll your mouse over each of the items listed below.
- Alligatoring Roof
Refers to cracking of the surfacing bitumen on a bituminous roof or coating on a SPF roof, producing a pattern of cracks similar to an alligators hide.
Blisters are raised surface areas over voids in a roof system which contain entrapped air or moisture.
- Clogged Drains
This happens when debris such as trash, leaves or other materials impede water flow.
- Clogged Scuppers
Blocked or clogged scuppers prevent water from draining from the roof surface which could cause ponding or roof leaks.
- Fish Mouths
Fish Mouth is a half-cylindrical or half-conical shaped opening or void in a lapped edge or seam, usually caused by wrinkling or shifting of ply sheets during installation.
- Hail Damage
This is one of the most costly and least recognized issues. Hail damage is not always evident and in some cases, can take 2-3 years for the roof to start leaking.
- Improper Drainage
Improperly installed condensation lines from air conditioner units can lead to ponding water issues that will initiate roof degradation.
- Plant Growth
Vegetative debris root systems and excessive plant growth will cause major problems in roofing membrane if not removed.
- Ponding Water
This is water that tends to pool in low areas and does not adequately drain within 48 hours. Typically this leads to structure deformity and ultimately roof failure.
- Roof Debris
Debris can be in many forms including leaves, trash, roof component parts and fallen tree limbs. All forms could lead to punctures and poor water removal from the roof.
- Seam Failures
Improperly sealed laps that lead to voids and separation are the most common type of roof system failure
According to a recent Roofcare Industry Study, reactive roof repairs cost four (4) times more than minor problems caught through pro-active roof maintenance. Industrial Roofing and Construction provides a comprehensive roof asset maintenance (RAM) program that negates the concern of early roof failure and ensures the maximum life expectancy of an existing roof system. As a tax deductible maintenance expense, our program allows facility management the ability to control roof expenditures and to plan more precisely in preparation of annual capital expenditure and maintenance budgeting.
- Complete roof plan (CAD drawing with dimensions, roof details and penetrations)
- Inspection and minor roof repairs made at bi-annual visits
- Detailed report on roof condition and expected lifespan of all roof assets
- List of major repairs needed (if any) with budgetary and pictorial documentation
- Assist and monitor with existing warranty programs to maintain compliance requirements