Every roofing situation is different, so one of the most important steps is inspecting the roof to see if it qualifies for a fluid-applied roof renovation. An experienced inspector will utilize techniques such as infrared thermography scans and core samples to determine the make-up and condition of the current roofing system. Another factor that should be analyzed when planning a renovation is the state of drainage, as this will determine if additional work is needed and impact the process of selecting which fluid-applied system is best for the job.
Through the inspection process, it should become evident how much of the roof is damaged and to what extent, allowing proper planning for repairs that need to take place before the renovation begins. For instance, if wet insulation is present, it will need to be removed and replaced before the renovation can continue. If more than 25% of the roofing system is saturated or if the materials have deteriorated beyond repair, it will most-likely not qualify for a renovation and should be replaced.
2. System Selection/Application
Once the roof has been approved for renovation, the next step is selecting the system. There are multiple types of systems available from a variety of manufacturers that meet a wide range of needs. We suggest avoiding cheap coatings and do-it-yourself products. Systems that incorporate a full layer of reinforcing fabric may be FM 4470 Certified and considered complete roofing assemblies, capable of handling hurricane force winds, monsoon rains, foot traffic and the worst UV rays. Other factors to consider include, how material components perform in different climates, the anticipated foot traffic, type of warranty, history/reputation of the manufacturer and cost.
After your roof has been renovated with a fluid-applied system, regular maintenance is not only vital to ensuring the success of the system, it is required by most manufacturers to keep the warranty valid. The best approach is to implement a formal roof maintenance program, in which a qualified roofer comes out once or twice a year to address minor issues before they become bigger problems. Cleaning out scuppers and drains, addressing ponding water and sealing up minor defects are good examples of effective roof maintenance.
Pro Tip: Signing up for a roof maintenance program takes the worry out of your hands and ensures your newly renovated roof lasts as long as possible.
Roof renovation is a smart way to extend the life of your roof, eliminate leaks and avoiding premature replacement without breaking the bank. It will pay off to take these steps to ensure you are receiving the most fitting solution and not inheriting a future problem.