Most building owners have at some point experienced unscheduled expenditures due to roofing repairs. Many of these leak related repairs can be avoided by following a scheduled maintenance program throughout the expected life of a roof system. Even with strict adherence to a thorough maintenance program, if the roof is leaking because the existing system is beyond its serviceable life, it’s just a matter of time before the entire system will need to be replaced. In those cases, the cost of the temporary solutions may not be justifiable; the money would be better spent replacing the roof. Many issues – such as the existing type of roof system currently in place, budget, time of year, occupancy, building code requirements, and long-and short-term use of the building – need to be addressed on a case by case basis. This information, along with a physical investigation of the existing system to address technical issues, helps us to consult with the owner to best match a roof system that will adhere to the overall objective.
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MAINTENANCE – RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
Routine roof inspections and maintenance are an important part of protecting the integrity of the roof system and the building structure – whether it is a residential or commercial property. Keeping water flowing properly away from and off the building is vital and ensures the most value from your roof investment. As with your vehicle, where regular oil changes are an essential part of maintaining the expensive engine, the same is true for your roofing system. Paying for a new roof and then forgetting it – the common ‘out of sight out of mind mentality’ – can be a losing proposition, resulting in tenant hassles, limited warranty coverage* and costly interior damage.
*Nearly all roofing material warranties require regular maintenance and Far West Roofing, Inc. can make sure your obligations are met so that no lapse in coverage occurs.
Be proactive and protect your building investment with our regularly scheduled maintenance program. In doing so, you will receive: • Reduced service labor rates • 24-hour emergency contact • Maintenance logs • Peace of mind In addition, after other building trades have been on the roof area to access their work (HVAC, siders, painters, etc.) we’re available to check for potential incidental damage. Damage can easily occur by foot traffic or dropped tools that create cuts, punctures or other compromises to the roof membrane or flashing. Let our keen eyes inspect for these issues so they don’t become major problems down the road.
Ogden Roof Repairs
Repairing an existing roof system or replacing sections or components of a system should be addressed on a building-by-building basis, dependent upon a physical investigation where the remaining serviceable life is estimated and the short and long term objectives are evaluated. Repair or replacement of specific roofing elements can be financially justified when the causes of damage to a roof are from impact (i.e., hail or a fallen tree limb), an isolated incident of poor installation, replacing deteriorated flashings to eliminate a specific source of water intrusion (vents, pipes, skylights, chimney, drains, pitch pockets, etc.) or some other non-systemic cause. In those cases, once the roof is repaired, the expected service life of the system will be restored providing a viable return on the repair investment.
Roof repairs become difficult to justify if the deterioration leading to the need for a repair is due to longterm exposure to the elements or the advanced age of the roof. If the deterioration is extensive, a temporary fix or the application of a coating will rarely solve the problem and should be considered a only a short term option to “buy time” until complete replacement of the system can be completed. We make every effort to assess the leak source on the first try; however, the ability to immediately identify the cause of water infiltration can often be a challenge, compounded by limited interior access. Due to gravity, water will trail along the path of least resistance, so although it may be entering the building in one location it very well could have entered many feet away in a less than obvious area. Not having x-ray vision to see underneath a roof system is a hindrance for all roofing contractors, thus patience is appreciated if several visits are necessary to find the entry point of the leak and make the repair. Just as auto mechanics don’t start their repair process by completely replacing the engine but first use their experience and expertise to rule out the most obvious causes, we also take that approach. In our effort to keep the overall repair costs to a minimum, we start with the most likely reasons water is making its way in and expand from there only as needed until the problem is solved.