Roof Maintenance

It's important to stop organic debris from accumulating. Among other bad consequences, plants can start to grow, and the roots can penetrate the roof membrane. Now you've got a leak that could have been easily prevented.

Sealant deteriorates. It's a fact. A common roof maintenance item is the replacement of old sealant at the top of the flashing at parapet walls and rooftop structures.

Useful Links:

1. General: "Roofing Solutions: Reference Manual for Property Managers, Owners, Architects, and Specifiers" is an excellent introductory guide to roof maintenance, and effectively explains the bottom line value of a roof maintenance program. It is made available by the GAF Materials Corporation.

2. General: A decent general roof inspection and maintenance guide for low-slope roofs is available here at the Firestone Building Products website.

3. Slate Roofs: "The Repair, Replacement and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs" is a comprehensive resource available on the US National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website.

4. Tile Roofs: "The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs" is another comprehensive resource available on the US National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services website.

5. Wood Shingle and Shake Roofs: "Care and Maintenance of Wood Shingle and Shake Roofs" is worth taking a look at. Provided on Oregon State University's Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook site.