How to Keep Oil and Grease off your Roof

Ever wondered how to keep oil and grease off your roof? Oil, grease, and other chemical contaminants can be harder on your roofing membrane than in harsh weather. No matter what type of facility you have, most likely there are oils, greases, or contaminants on your roof. Ignoring these issues can lead to expensive costs.

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Safety Issues of Oil & Grease on your Roof

  • Oil and grease can lead to fall hazards
  • Can create a potential fire hazard and may violate local codes
  • Can lead to animal and insect infestation
  • Can create EPA violation

Deterioration of Membrane

  • EPDM – EPDM membranes will swell and deteriorate. Glues and tapes can fail and release.
  • PVC & TPO – Some thermoplastic membranes will blister. Some have a slight resistance to oil and grease.
  • Bituminous Membranes (Modified / BUR) – Asphaltic products will soften and turn spongy with long exposure.
  • Grease/oil contamination can void your manufacturer’s warranty.
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Defending Against Contamination

  • If possible, eliminate or reduce contaminants on the roof.
  • Use commercial grease trap systems to contain the grease.
  • Establish a roof maintenance program to monitor areas and maintain traps and filters.
  • When re-roofing or designing a new roof, provide a positive slope.

At the end of the day, keeping oil and grease off your roof will save you money in the future. Be proactive and set up a plan for your roof. Spann Roofing is here to assist.

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