“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges facing our cities or to the housing crisis, but the two issues need to be considered together. From an urban design and planning point of view, the well-connected open city is a powerful paradigm and an engine for integration and inclusivity.” –Richard Rogers. However, a well-planned city starts with structural stability of our own properties first. Structural stability usually refers to the strength and durability of the “skeleton.” This skeleton includes all the walls, beams, pillars and foundations that is responsible of weight bearing. They should be looked thoroughly because taken for granted issues can lead to irreparable damages. Thus, planning to improve your home’s structure will save time and frustration in the long run.
To start with, ensure that foundations are waterproof. Apparent leaks can ruin the entire home’s structural stability. With that being said, one can use rubberized polymer spray membrane which is cost-effective and performance-proven. In addition, look out for pests and termites that can also inflict damages to the foundation. Maintaining or digging drains is also important in structural stability. A good quality drain strengthens the structure by directing the water away. Lastly, checking the roof of your properties especially after thunderstorms should be a habit. If you shingled roof, it is recommended to replace it with a metallic one.
In a commercial setting, the roof is also of prime importance because it works as a protection from natural calamities such as blizzards, fires, hail, and even earthquake. The roof is always exposed to changing weather and other elements that may be instrumental to deterioration. Having a roof that ensures optimum protection starts with design, materials selection, and installation at the time a facility, building or home is built or remodeled. In line with this, you may consider a guardrail freestanding system that has proven counterbalance design to achieve exceptional stability on all roof surfaces. Nevertheless, regular inspection, maintenance and repair should be part of one’s operational planning to prolong the roof’s life.
SIGNS THERE IS A ROOF PROBLEM
Signs of roof problems include water stains on ceilings, which may be due to a crack in the roof. It is important to take note that even small leaks can indicate big trouble in the future. If the facility also has unexplained mold or odors, it is also an indication of a roof leak. Also, over time the plastic domed panels can become brittle and very susceptible to cracks.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE TIPS
Proper maintenance is designed to prolong roof life. The frequency of ocular inspections for maintenance routine really depends on several factors such as age of the building, weather changes, foot traffic and the roof materials. A normal ocular inspection is done every six (6) months to effectively combat roof decay while not hampering regular operations that much.
However, after a severe windstorm or hurricane, immediately inspect your roof for damage, as to ensure roof strength. It does not mean that if a roof survived a storm, it is sturdy enough to survive the next coming storms after that. Moreover, remove any accumulated debris. Moisture of this debris can speed up roof decay as well. A clean roof also reduces risk of roof igniting during fires. Keep trees away from roofs as well to prevent branches from touching the roof.
Furthermore, consulting a professional roofing contractor is helpful if you have concerns regarding maintenance review. The contractor can also help to determine the overall condition of the roof and estimate the life span of it. In hiring the roofing contractor, make sure to ask to see certificates of insurances and licenses are up-to-date. Also, discuss, verify the warranty information. This will make it easier for you to track future inspections, maintenance, and repairs.
Remember that a little but consistent maintenance can result in a lot of savings, especially when compared to the cost of damage from a small, undetected leak that can lead to catastrophic roof or building failure.