Tips from the Pros2017-11-15T15:01:18+00:00
Rain, wind and pollution create the most potential long and short term problems. Proper preparation, repair and maintenance can help keep mother nature at bay by protecting the beauty, durability, and longevity of your property.
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1. Your roof.
- Is the roof flooring material showing signs of wear such as cracks, rips, etc.
- Is water pooling in areas, where it should be draining
- Is the flashing covering the edges of the roof material protecting it from water infiltration.
- Are the downspouts in good shape. Are they attached properly and clear of debris.
2. Roof copings (the material that covers the roof parapet walls.)
- Are they missing, broken or cracked.
- Is the mortar joint loose or falling out.
- If they are metal, are they secured tightly. Are the overlapping ends sealed properly.
3. Parapet wall and /or the horizontal surface of the building.
- Does the wall look straight, or does it look like it is leaning inward towards the roof or outward towards the street.
- Are the bricks showing signs of movement (some individual bricks may be projecting forward out from the face of the building).
- Is there a degree of dirt and soot covering the masonry.
- Is the surface showing signs of decay.
- Are the spaces between the bricks (mortar joints) shallow and/or loose.
- Do you see cracks that flow continuously from one brick to another brick, looking like a staircase pattern.
- Are bricks missing, or cracked.
4. Window headers, casings, sills, and/or ornamental window surrounds.
- Are there pieces missing.
- Are they cracked.
- Is there any sign of decay.
- Do they lean in or away from the window.
5. Window and door lintels (steel horizontal plate that supports the masonry above the window/door opening).
- Are they straight or starting to bend.
- Are they rusting if they are painted, is the paint peeling.
- Are they caulked properly.
- Is the caulk showing signs of decay such as cracking or missing caulk.
6. Windows and doors.
- Are they cracked or broken, leaking or drafty.
- Is the caulking around the exterior frame showing signs of wear such as cracking, peeling or missing caulk.
- Are they sitting in the frame straight or crooked.
- Do they open and close comfortably.
7. Air conditioner openings/sleeves.
- Are they secure.
- Are they supported properly.
- Are they creating water problems.
- Are there signs of rust stains below the window.
- Is the caulking around them missing or cracked.
8. Look at the foundation.
- Is it cracked or are there pieces missing.
- Does it look like it is shifting.
- Is it covered with dirt and soot.
- Are there cracks, pieces missing.
- Are they lifting up or sifting, creating uneven paths to walk on.
- On the sidewalks, are the joints between them deep and wide.
- Are the steps or risers broken or loose.
- Are the handrails secure. Are they rusted, peeling, loose.
10. General vertical wall condition (face of building). Same as parapet wall observation, with greater emphasis on:
- Loose or cracked bricks
- Shallow or missing mortar joints
- Peeling paint.
- Dirt accumulation.