MaintenX International Gives Top Recommendations on Roof Repair and Safety

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MaintenX wants businesses to be knowledgeable about their roofs.

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A secure, well-built roof is a critical element of any building. Facility managers should be knowledgeable about their building’s roof, condition and how best to improve the life of their roofing.

“A roof protects your facility from the elements but sometimes those elements create the need for roof repairs,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “However, it’s essential to be careful whenever on a roof.”

A majority of roofs will need to be restored after 20-50 years. In the meantime, your business can follow repair and safety recommendations before it’s time for a replacement.

Know the Basics: A roof replacement is a significant investment in your home or business. So, having a basic understanding of the components that make up your roof is wise. Sloped roofs are typically made of five major components.

  • A roof structure - rafters or trusses that support sheathing
  • Flashing – material installed into joints and valleys to prevent water leakage
  • Sheathing – the boards or sheets attached to cover the roof structure
  • A roof covering - shingles, tiles, etc., that cover the sheathing
  • Drainage – the design features that help your roof shed water

Watch for Enemies: Once you understand the basic elements of a roof, it’s important to be aware of the various factors that can create stress and damage. Becoming aware of the most comment factors in roof damage and deterioration, helps you to stay on the frontline of preventative maintenance. Some of the most common roof enemies are weather factors like wind, snow, and pooling water that leads to condensation or algae growth, missing or damaged shingles and flashing, as well as physical damage created by branches or leaves.

Protect Yourself: When assessing or performing minor roof repairs, it’s critical to ensure your safety. Be sure to use a ladder according to warning label instructions and be aware of nearby dangers such as loose tree branches or power lines. Additionally, in the case of necessary on-roof repairs, proper tool use knowledge and fall-safety equipment are imperative.

There are many maintenance and safety concerns when inspecting and repairing roofs, so don’t hesitate if to enlist a professional maintenance provider instead of going at it alone. MaintenX International has been helping facility managers with their roof repair needs for more than 35 years, and recently expanded services to include comprehensive turnkey roofing services for Florida commercial clients.

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MaintenX International is a fully-licensed facility repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has fostered a network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For more than 35 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nation-wide.

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