Roof Maintenance & Replacement
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Your home is a treasured asset and keeping it well maintained helps with the beauty and longevity of your property, not to mention the future resale value of your home.
One of the most critical components of your property is the roof. Generally, the lifespan of a roof is about 25 years, and by conducting proper maintenance, you can ensure it performs well throughout its lifespan.
At Schinkel Properties, we do regular property inspections and check for a number of roof condition indicators, however, if you notice anything that looks out of the ordinary, please contact us so our maintenance team can address them.
Keep an eye out for blow off
Shingles can become dislodged from heavy winds and blow off the roof leaving exposed plywood. While our property managers do their best to check up on the property periodically, if quick damage occurs please bring this to our attention so repairs can be completed promptly.
If weather-related damage occurs that is significant enough to make a claim, Schinkel Properties will work with the condo board and the insurance broker to make a claim to ensure repairs are made.
Other things to look for
Condominium roofs can be split up into two main categories. Sloped Roofs and Flat Roofs.
Sloped Roofs are more common and are generally a simpler system since they shed water naturally. Maintenance items to look for would include checking that the eavestroughs/gutters are clean, that the shingles are laying flat (not curling up), and that any vegetation such as leaves and branches are removed. If tall trees are in close proximity to the roof and pose a risk of falling on the roof or dropping debris on the roof, this should be addressed as well.
The biggest thing to watch for on flat roofs is that there is no standing water or debris sitting on the roof and that the membrane seams look tight with no creasing or folds. Flat roofs should be inspected by an industry professional and debris should be removed before they cause damage to the membrane seal.
In summary, Schinkel Properties conducts a formal inspection to confirm the current roof condition and make recommendations for replacement. Condo boards are encouraged to keep an allowance in the reserve fund as the roof lifecycle indicates. When repairs or replacements are required, Schinkel Properties will work with trusted professionals in the trade to provide maximum value to our clients.
by Evan Schinkel, President & Project Manager, Superior Projects