Specific Needs of Healthcare Facility Roofing and When to Inspect

Roofing manufacturers discuss the specific needs of healthcare facility roofing and how often to inspect the roofing.

By Jeff Wardon, Jr., Assistant Editor

Roofs act like a shell protecting facilities from damage related to weather and the like. Though, not all facilities and their roofs are created equal. Some facilities will require different roofing types. In addition, these roofs will need inspection to ensure they are in top shape. In this manufacturer roundtable, Healthcare Facilities Today speaks with leading roofing manufacturers about the specific needs of healthcare facility roofing and when to inspect said roofing.  

Do healthcare facilities have different needs in their roofing systems than other types of facilities?  

“A roof issue can cause a leak, which is obvious, but there is also the possibility of small or slight leaks that can lead to toxic mold in the ceiling and walls of the building – the last thing you want anywhere, but especially in a healthcare facility.” 

— Steve McGuinness, regional sales manager, Energy-Seal Coatings 

“Yes. Healthcare facilities have more focus on long lasting, quality materials and expert installation in order to protect occupants, ensure public safety, and protect expensive medical equipment.” 

— Amy Aubuchon, national accounts manager, Sika Roofing 

How often should healthcare facilities have their roof inspected? 

“It is advisable to have a professional detailed inspection twice a year, early spring and fall. This way a small issue can be detected and addressed before it becomes a problem – again minimizing the disruption, potential leaks and cost of repair.” 

— Steve McGuinness, regional sales manager, Energy-Seal Coatings 

“Best practice is twice a year: Spring and Fall ideally. It is required by most manufacturers that your roof system be inspected at least annually to maintain the warranty. Routine inspections make facility managers aware of any debris, clogged drains, defects, and damaged or missing components on their roofing system and assist in identifying the stage of the roof in its lifecycle. Proactive attention provides cost saving alternates to be explored before a total system failure occurs.” 

— Amy Aubuchon, national accounts manager, Sika Roofing 

Jeff Wardon, Jr. is the assistant editor for the facilities market. 

February 17, 2023

Topic Area: Architecture , Maintenance and Operations

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