The Do’s and Don’ts of In-House Roof Maintenance for Apartment Properties


The maintenance technician is responsible for keeping the apartment property running smoothly and the tenants happy with quick solutions to troublesome maintenance issues. At a minimum, an apartment maintenance technician is required to understand and implement the basic principles of many tenant building requirements from plumbing, to electrical, HVAC, and many more.

When it comes to your apartment property’s roof, many simple repairs can be completed by a proficient maintenance technician. However, more substantial issues, reoccurring leaks, and long-term solutions will require the expertise of a professional roofing contractor.

To ensure that your property’s roof is being maintained correctly and with longevity in mind, here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts of in-house roof maintenance for apartment properties.

Do’s of in-house apartment roof maintenance

Do remove debris

clean out gutters

Your maintenance team should at least twice a year, check the roofs for debris build-up. By keeping the roof surfaces clear of debris, dirt, and organic growth, you are ensuring proper water drainage and avoid the damaging effects of water ponding.

Do prune surrounding trees

prune trees

It is recommended to prune or remove trees or limbs that are growing over the roof to avoid roof damage. Trees can also cause mold and algae growth, and caused clogs in gutters and roof drainage systems. Trees near your roof can also provide easy access for small animals to invade your attic space.

Do seal pipe boots

deteriorating pipe boot

Pipe boots are a common source of leaks. The rubber ring can wear out, or the metal can rust and deteriorate providing water with an easy entry point. Pipe boots can be temporarily sealed with a UV-stable caulk. Replacement of a pipe boot should be left to a professional roofing contractor.

Do determine the leak location

ceiling roof stain 

If there is an internal leak issue that needs to be resolved immediately, determine the leak location and cover with a tarp until a roofing contractor can arrive to assess the situation further. Measure the interior leak area. Transfer the measurements to the roof and look for signs of a leak. If you are unable to locate the source, look higher up on the roof, since water can run down shingles before penetrating the roof deck.

Do seal your edges

edge sealing


Flat and low-slope roofs require metal edge sealing to protect the structure from water penetration at weak intersecting points. The roof and walls of your property buildings expand and contract causing the flashing and sealants to become loose or deteriorate. Your maintenance team can temporarily seal any potential leak areas with UV-stable caulk. Full replacement of edge sealants should be completed by a professional roofing contractor.

Don’ts of in-house apartment roof maintenance

Don’t use silicone caulk


silicone caulk is bad for your roof

 Do not use silicone caulk to handle any roofing repairs. Silicone can degrade quickly due to the heat and oil from roofing substrates.

Don’t replace flashing

don't attempt repair flashing yourself

Replacing flashing for a long-term repair solution requires a roofing professional. This is because the removal may require the replacement and repair of many layers of wall and roof, especially with extensive water damage. Effective flashing calls for a water-tight placement and seal for which a professional roofing contractor is highly-trained to install.

Don’t perform roof deck repair or removal

roof decking

The roof deck is the inner-most layer of a roof system that protects inside the apartment from the outside. A scientific approach and knowledge of all of the layers in a roof system and how they intersect requires a highly-trained professional for a long-lasting repair or replacement. A roofing professional’s job is to ensure that the area is accurately water-sealed and maintained to manufacturer and industry specifications.

Don’t take on large roof repairs

water damage on roof

It is the primary job of a roofing contractor to understand and to be experts in significant roof repairs and replacements. A qualified roofing contractor will ensure that any repairs or replacements uphold the roof manufacturer’s warranty specifications and will provide your property with a long-term solution.

Don’t caulk water keys


Water keys in shingled roofs provide paths to allow for water to drain down the roof. Caulking these areas can cause leaks and water to back up and flow under the shingles.

A maintenance team, even the best one in Oklahoma, may only be limited in providing temporary solutions to your persistent roof issues. When your roof starts to become a constant issue, don’t waste your team’s time and your budget, call in a roofing professional to resolve the situation.