Maintain Your Roof
Protecting Your IB Roof System
Congratulations on your choice of installing an IB Roof Systems Membrane for your application. IB Roof Systems is the best solution for any flat or low-pitched waterproofing project and is backed by a leader and veteran in the roofing industry.
With all of our Roofing Systems, low maintenance was very high on our priority list as you see with our motto of "A Good Roof is One You Can Install & Forget". Although, with any investment, there are simple and inexpensive maintenance items that need to be looked at to allow you to enjoy all of its benefits and for that investment to perform to its potential.
With an IB Roof Systems labor and material membrane warranty, we agree that the building will remain watertight for the life of the warranty. IB Installers are responsible for any labor defects for the first two years of the warranty. After the first two years, IB Roof Systems will be responsible for materials and the installers' labor for the remainder of the warranty.
It will be of benefit for you to develop your own roof maintenance program to avoid costly repairs to your building. The IB Roof System membrane installed on your roof is designed to give you excellent performance for years to come. There may, however, be some things on your roof that may require some routine maintenance to protect your roofing investment.
If a leak appears, contact IB Roof Systems immediately at 800-426-1626 so we can organize an expedient response. For our records, we will need you to respond to IB Roof Systems in writing and within 30 days of leak occurrence.
NOTE: Care should be taken when contacting IB Roof Systems for leak investigation. If leaks are concluded not to be attributed to the IB single-ply membrane, as with all manufacturers, IB Roof Systems or an IB Roof Systems approved installer will invoice you for the cost of investigating and repairs related to your claim. Your building maintenance personnel should inspect the area to determine whether or not the leak is attributable to IB Roof Systems. Also please make a note that contacting your roofing installer is not the same as contacting IB Roof Systems.
It will also benefit you to keep track of any work being conducted on your roof such as equipment maintenance or other construction. This is where a lot of damage can occur. These individuals or companies are liable for any damages to your roofing system.
In the event emergency repairs are needed, the building owner shall take action with or without the approval of IB Roof Systems to prevent accelerated damage to the building. IB Roof Systems still must be contacted the next working day. Emergency repairs must be reasonably controlled, by the judgment of IB Roof Systems, as to not significantly increase repairs.
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A Maintenance Program
It is the responsibility of the building owner and contractor to protect persons on the roof. OSHA and local safety agencies should be consulted for guidelines on how this should be accomplished. Roof repair can be dangerous, and every precaution should be taken to protect these persons.
A maintenance program should include inspections that cover the following areas:
- scheduling of inspections
- parapet walls
- building structure (interior & exterior)
- roof tie-ins
- air conditioning units
- general appearance
- emergency repairs
Scheduling regular inspections and assigning them to the right personnel is the first thing needed to organize a maintenance program. Inspections should occur twice a year. One inspection should occur in the fall before winter sets in so any repairs needed can be attended to before inclement weather prevents correction of the problem. Another inspection should occur in the spring so that any repairs can be scheduled during fair weather months. Additional inspections should occur after every extreme or unusual storm, construction, or fires to attend to little problems before they become a costly repair.
On almost every roof, there is a need to reseal protrusions with caulking or sealants. Because caulking and sealants are considered maintenance items and will not last the life of the roofing system, these areas need to be inspected and resealed if necessary with an IB approved sealant. Make sure wherever sealants were used that there are no open cracks or separations allowing for water penetration to occur. As a rule of thumb, if it looks suspicious, then reseal it.
Drainage on any roof is critical. Because of the weight of water, the more you are able to get off the roof the better your building's health will be. Minor puddling or small pools of water are not anything to be concerned with as far as your roofing systems performance, for that is what a flat roofing system should allow for. However, major amounts of water accumulation from plugged or impeded drains can cause structural failures. Leaks may also occur because water levels reach above curb construction or small parapet walls. Apart from regular inspections, your drains should be checked and cleaned often.
Parapet walls need to be checked for deterioration of concrete and of exposed copings. Wall mounted reglet or embedded reglets should be looked at for integrity. If you have a cinder block parapet wall and deterioration is severe, contact a mason to make the necessary repairs. Leaks may occur from water penetration into unprepared or damaged parapet walls that can adversely affect your roofing system along with your roof and building structure.
The overall building structure should be looked at to see if there have been any major visual changes. These changes may affect the way your roof and building interact with each other.
Building Structure (Interior)
The interior of the roof needs to be checked for settling or cracking to the roofing members. Water staining on roofing beams indicates moisture penetration, and the point of entry needs to be located so repairs can be expedited. Concrete roofs need to be inspected for spalling and cracking. Any structural defects may affect the performance of your roofing system. If any of these things exist, contact IB Roof Systems to see if your roofing system is or may be compromised. Correction may be able to be done before any ill effects occur.
Building Structure (Exterior)
There are a lot of things on a building's exterior that can affect the water tightness of your building. Cracks in siding, concrete, and mortar are some main causes of leaking that do not pertain to the roofing material. In older buildings, where existing wood siding is still in use, check for compromised laps caused from wood shrinkage and curling. Water penetration around the edge of a building may be caused by that particular problem.
The problem that can occur with roof tie-ins is that you have two surfaces that will expand and contract at different rates and can actually pull away from each other. If sealants were used in the tie-in, check to make sure that expansion and contraction have not had an adverse effect on the tie-in. As before, the rule of thumb is, if it is suspicious, then reseal it. As with all tie-ins, these conditions may require that the tie-in be totally redone to keep the roof sealed. See the warranty for details, or call IB Roof Systems for advice.
Air Conditioning Units
Great care is required for maintenance on air conditioning units and other equipment where sharp tools or objects are used. Make sure that maintenance personnel are aware that sharp and hazardous objects are to be kept off the roof. Make sure that air ducts are in good condition and are not allowing moisture into them. Clean all HVAC unit drains, and make sure all panels are secure so as to not allow water penetration.
Making sure that the roof is free from debris and clean will not only help the general appearance of the roof, but future problems can be avoided. This includes checking drains and overflows. If anything looks out of the ordinary, check to see if the system is in need of attention in that area.
It is always good to have a policy in place in case emergency repairs are needed. Safety is very important to keep in mind. Two person crews should be assigned to make these types of corrections. Have a plan in place to check for things such as electrical hazards or fall protection. If electrical hazards are present, make sure power is turned off, and if fall protection is needed, make sure the specific equipment is available. Again OSHA and your local agencies will be able to help with these arrangements.