Monarplan System Maintenance

The following care and maintenance requirements are for Monarplan Membrane Roofing Systems. Icopal recommend that your maintenance staff and/or maintenance contractor inspect the roof periodically or at least twice a year ideally before and after the winter period. This ensures that dirt and debris is removed before causing damage and that signs of any failure can be reported and remedial action taken at an early stage.

Maintenance items are the responsibility of the building owner and are not included within the scope of the Roofing System Warranty.

The inspection should concentrate on high-risk areas such as roof hatches, drains and around all rooftop equipment as well as general inspection of the entire roof. The inspector should be looking for membrane damage (cuts and tears), oil or Freon leaks, chemical spills,
or water infiltration into the roofing system.

Compliance with the above listed care and maintenance requirements will aid in assuring a durable, watertight membrane roofing system.

Item Action
Internally:   Check internal surfaces visually for signs of moisture, leakage or condensation (e.g damp patches, staining etc)
General:  Remove any unnecessary debris from the roof area particularly objects, which could cause damage to the membrane. Do not use the roof as a working platform for adjoining buildings or further works. If access is required adequate protection must be provided so as not to damage the membrane.
Drainage:  Keep the roof surface clean at drain areas to avoid clogging. Clear leaves, silt or other debris, which may cause blockage of outlets or otherwise impede drainage. Check that ponding water is drained from the roof within 48 hours following rain.
Laps: Visually check the membrane laps for securement.
Petroleum Products: Keep all petroleum products (solvents, greases, paints, oils, or any liquids containing petroleum products) off the membrane to avoid degradation.
Animal Fats: Do not exhaust kitchen wastes (vegetable oils) or other animal fats directly onto the roof surface. They could degrade the membrane.
Chemicals: Contact Icopal if any chemicals come in contact with the roofing membrane. Some chemicals could degrade the membrane or cause swelling.
Foot Traffic:  Walkways must be provided if regular traffic is required or if rooftop equipment has a regular thirty (30) day or less maintenance schedule. Exercise caution when not walking on walkways, especially on white membranes since ice or frost build-up may not be visible. Membranes are slippery when wet.
Roof Alterations: Check with Icopal that the proposed alteration will not invalidate the warranty. Work must be carried out by the approved roofing contractor who carried out the original installation. Do not allow other trades to fix through the waterproofing membrane without proper advice. This is especially important when having aerials, heating & ventilation equipment or telephone cables fitted.
Cleaning: Handprints, footprints, general traffic grime, industrial pollutants and environmental dirt may be cleaned from the surface of the membrane using membrane cleaner, then rinsing with clean water. To maximize reflectivity, white membrane(s) should be cleaned once every two years.

Metal Work:

Keep roof maintenance items, such as counter flashing, metal curbs and metal ducts sealed watertight at all times.
Leaks: Report leaks immediately to Icopal. Try to determine if it is a roof membrane leak or a wall, curb, skylight, metal ductwork or plumbing leak. Deterioration or failure of building components that causes a leak is not covered by the warranty. A water leak may be indicated by soft or warped insulation or the presence of water under the membrane. Physical damage to the membrane or flashing is not covered by the warranty. The building owner is liable to the cost of investigation and repair if the problem is found to be outside the scope of the waterproofing warranty.
Temporary Repairs: Use a good grade sealant to make temporary repairs. Notify Icopal of this action in writing.
When it is necessary for workers to be on the roof to service rooftop equipment, e.g., HVAC units, antennas, etc., workers should be cautioned to use walkways and to exercise care with their tools and equipment to avoid puncturing the roofing membrane.
Roof Cement: DO NOT USE ROOF CEMENT to repair or install membrane. Roof cement contains petroleum products, which may degrade the membrane.


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