It’s natural to want to save money on Roof Repairs when you’re managing a building for Condo Corporations. Caretakers, Handymen, Maintenance Supervisors, whatever their title, they do a great job making small low-risk repairs. Knowing when to use them, or not, is a decision that should always be made carefully. When it comes to being on the roof you need technicians who are trained and insured. Here are three mistakes that we see all too often by caretakers:
1. Not Using Proper Safety Gear
Roofing technicians are not permitted to work unless they have completed Working at Heights training. This means that workers understand how to properly use fall restraint equipment so they can prevent injuries. Depending on the roof, different safety gear needs to be used. Make sure that anyone attempting a roof repair is trained under Ontario legislation and insured. Keep in mind that you could be liable if something goes wrong.
2. Pulling Roof Vegetation
This seems like such an easy way to keep the roof tidy: pull out weeds. Roof vegetation needs to be removed carefully and treated as a roof repair. Roots puncture the roof membrane and will grow through layers. When someone innocently pulls out a weed they could be opening a hole, causing damage and leading to interior damage and a roof repair.
3. Displacing Roof Membrane Protection
Anyone walking on a roof is disturbing granules that are carefully spread over the membrane to protect it. Just knowing how to properly walk on a roof is a skill that needs to be learned. These granules protect the roof membrane from all weather elements, even UV rays. When they are displaced, the membrane is exposed and vulnerable.