ROOF REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE FOR SCHOOLS
Information on school roof maintenance, inspection strategies, scheduling, documentation, and repair, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Journal Articles
The Grass Ceiling.
Architect Magazine; Nov 07, 2011
Discusses how to balance aesthetics and energy savings of green roofs with the practicalities of structure, water, and wear. Covers how to analyze the layers, learning from applications, and measuring the benefits. Includes slide show of several green roof projects.
Roofing: A Passing Grade.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n8 , p12,14,15 ; Aug 2011
Describes how bad publicity concerning Scottsdale Schools' failing roofs led to positive steps taken to rectify the situation. Steps included preventive maintenance, finding funding for repair and upkeep, and introduction of solar installations.
American School and University; v83 n11 , p22,24,26 ; Jul 2011
Advises on the elements of regular roof inspections and the risks of not conducting them. Engaging a roof specialist is recommended, and the qualifications that such a professional should possess are discussed.
Roofing: Strategies for Avoiding the Breaking Point.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n5 , p18-20 ; May 2011
Advises on regular roof maintenance and how to determine whether to repair or replace a roof. Examples of significant losses due to roof leaks are cited, as are cost-effective leak avoidance, repair, and replacement strategies.
Retrofit Revolution: The High Cost of Cheap.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n4 , p8,10 ; Apr 2011
Discusses controllable factors in roof performance: design, installation, materials, maintenance, inspection, and warranty. The hazards of cutting corners in these areas are emphasized.
Cook, Richard; Stieve, Douglas
School Planning and Management; v50 n3 , p41,42,44,45 ; Mar 2011
Encourages and gives guidelines for proactive roof maintenance. Biannual inspections and routine maintenance will extend the life expectancy of the roofing system. A management plan is included, with topics such as use of high quality materials and adding insulation, and use of a roofing consultant.
Troublemakers on the Rooftop.
Building Operating Management; v58 n2 , p37,38,40,42,43 ; Feb 2011
Documents most frequent causes of leakage problems with roofing, when the roof membrane is penetrated, changes plane, or ends. Various approaches to repairs are described.
Rooftop Damage Control.
Building Operating Management; v57 n10 , p55,56,58,61 ; Oct 2010
Details the specific threats of wind, hail, and ice and snow freeze/thaw to roofs. Addressing damage that seems small at first but has later consequences, or damage accumulated from several assaults is emphasized. Maintaining records of visual assessments to benchmark roof conditions is also recommended.
Roof Coatings: The Energy Connection.
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n9 , p9,10 ; Sep 2010
Discusses roof rating programs designed to help building owners increase energy efficiency, energy-saving coatings that can be applied to existing roofs, and how to choose and apply the best coating for a roof.
Upon Closer Concern.[ Roofing Maintenance.]
Building Operating Management; v57 n8 , p29,31,32,34 ; Aug 2010
Details roofing inspection issues, including when to test, methods of testing, wall and glazing leaks that might present as roof leaks, selecting an inspector, and warranties.
From a Nightmare to a Dream. [Project Profile: Roofing Retrofit.]
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n7 , p11-13 ; Jul 2010
Details the replacement of a problematic roof at Duke University Medical Center. The design of the successful replacement and recycling of removed roofing materials is described.
Roof Coatings in a New Light.
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n3 , p14-16 ; Mar 2010
Discusses the sustainability benefits of roof coatings, as well as how to determine if a roof coating is a viable option to extend the life of a roof.
Environmental Design and Construction; v13 n2 , p18,19 ; Feb 2010
Advises on expert inspection of green roofs during the installation, establishment, growth, and long term periods. Individual elements to be examined are listed.
Repairs Done Right.
Building Operating Management; v57 n2 , p23,24,26 ; Feb 2010
Advises on roof repairs, addressing hiring qualified contractors, identifying the type of roof, finding the leaks, using compatible repair materials, and knowing when the roof needs to be replaced.
Inspection Insights: Ensuring Roof Performance.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n11 , p8,9 ; Nov 2009
Discusses inspection of roofing elements during installation. Pre-inspection issues, roof deck substrates, insulation, bitumen temperatures, membranes, and base flashing are addressed.
Five Ways to Make a Roof Last Longer.
Building Operating Management; v56 n10 , p37,38,40,42 ; Oct 2009
Discusses extending roof life through proper design, quality materials, quality workmanship, weather considerations, and timely maintenance.
Stretching Your Roofing Dollars: The Metal Retrofit.
American School and Hospital Facility; v32 n5 , p21-22 ; Sep-Oct 2009
Advises on installation of a sloped metal roof over an existing flat one or an existing sloped metal roof. The grade, underpinning, typical problems encountered, and advantages of a double roof are discussed.
Don't Let Roofing Top Your Budget.
Facility Management Journal; v19 n4 , p20,22,23 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Discusses annual roofing inspections, types of roofs, roofing problems, and their solutions.
Flat Roof Follies: The Importance of Venting and Understanding Water.
The Construction Specifier; v62 n6 , p68-70,72,74-81 ; Jun 2009
Describes the typical construction of a flat roof, addressing the proper flashing and venting techniques to prevent water penetration and to prevent condensation of interior water vapor within the roof.
Stretching Your Roofing Dollars with Metal Retrofit.
College Planning and Management; v12 n5 , p43-45 ; May 2009
Discusses retrofitting of flat roofs with sloped metal roofing that sits on top of the flat roof, as well as re-covering existing sloped metal roofs with a new one. Opportunities for energy-saving features are addressed, as well as improvement of wind resistance. The cost for adding a new sloped roof is often less than the cost of replacing a flat roof.
Baker, Mark : Keane, Brian
American School and University; v81 n6 , p34-37 ; Feb 2009
Advises on roof repair by carefully following the steps of assessment by a qualified inspector, selecting the right partner for the job, using the right materials, evaluating a warranty, and monitoring the restored roof.
The View from Above: Roof Construction and Maintenance.
Buildings; v103 n2 , p40-43 ; Feb 2009
Discusses involving a roofing expert in the early design phase of a building, along with their responsibilities. The elements of a pre-installation roofing conference are addressed, as are those of inspections as roof installation progresses, and of a final roofing report. Elements of a management program of existing roofs are also covered.
Extending the Roof Life.
Building Operating Management; v56 n2 , p49,50,52,54 ; Feb 2009
Discusses the leading causes of roof failure, followed by four components of a roof system maintenance program. These four elements of keeping records of installation and warranties, regular inspections, attention to deficiencies, and documentation of maintenance procedures are elaborated with details of what should be checked during inspections. Emergency repairs and roof restoration options are also addressed.
Living with a Green Roof: Secrets to a Successful Long-Term Relationship.
The Construction Specifier; v62 n1 , p18 22,24,26-28,30-35 ; Jan 2009
Details long-term issues of a green roof. Topics include why to choose a green roof, classification of green roofs, installation methods, the components of a green roof, replanting, drainage, irrigation, weeding, fertilization, exposure to the elements, fire, warranties, maintenance, and accessibility.