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Seasonal Change Prompts Routine Roof Maintenance

Worker outside performing roof maintenance from the ground

The seasonal transition from summer to fall indicates changing weather conditions, shorter days, and should also prompt the winterizing and routine maintenance checks of buildings. And, since the roof is the first line of defense against the elements of any building, taking the necessary steps to maintain and prepare your roof for winter can not only prevent costly repairs and damage down the road, it can also extend the overall lifespan of the roof.

Fall is a perfect time to schedule a routine preventive maintenance check with a qualified roofing expert. The check is conducted to inspect and identify any roofing issues that should be addressed before the snow and ice of winter arrives. In addition, leaves and other debris can be removed from the roof during the maintenance check.

GSM Roofing makes taking care of your roof easy by offering a preventive maintenance plan that ensures all roof assemblies are functioning properly. During a preventive maintenance inspection, a trained roof technician will:

  • Inspect all roof levels for potential problems and damage
  • Remove roof debris
  • Inspect roof drains and drainage components
  • Inspect ancillary rooftop items
  • Report roof system manufacturer-related deficiencies to the manufacturer
  • Prepare a condition report and cost proposal for recommended repairs

GSM roof maintenance technicians are knowledgeable of all roofing systems and can deliver a custom plan for your specific roof maintenance needs.

To assist in our comprehensive maintenance of roof systems, GSM has invested in SkyVac, a high-reach cleaning system that uses a high-power vacuum to lift wet and dry buildup on roofing systems. Using a telescopic pole, video camera, and many accessories, the SkyVac ensures pinpoint cleaning and provides accessibility, safety, and cost savings to preventive maintenance checks. The SkyVac can be used to access areas that ladders and/or lifts can’t easily get to. It also keeps our technicians on the ground which adds to their safety, and is more cost effective than the added expense of a lift. Check out the video below to see the SkyVac in action!

As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And this certainly holds true for roof systems. Failure to maintain your roof can result in costly emergency repairs and a much shorter overall lifespan. You can avoid these expenses by participating in our comprehensive Preventive Maintenance Plan designed specifically to help ensure your roofs are functioning properly and to proactively address any issues that will extend the lifespan of the roof.

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I did get a chance to inspect the roof of this church last week. There was no damage to the roof, it is actually in quite good condition since it was installed in the late 80's or early 90's. The leaks they are experiencing are at the flashing transitions to the stone masonry and one at a brick masonry chimney.

But I did want to tell you that I was very impressed with Austin, the young fellow that ran the lift for me. I am not sure I have ever had such a smooth and accurately-placed ride. It wasn't the highest roof I ever had to look at, and maybe the equipment rental was newer, but still, it was refreshing to see the competence of that young fellow.

Dave Stakem Adjuster June 28, 2022