Inspecting the roofing system of your commercial property helps you keep the entire structure in top condition. In doing this on time, you not only extend the life span of the whole system but also prevent costly repairs in the future. Of course, you must have a plan in place before you proceed. First, you have to learn which areas of the roof you have to tackle first.
In today’s blog post, Affordable Roofing Systems, the local wind and hail damage repair experts, discusses the five areas you need to cover during your commercial roof inspection.
1. Gutters and Drains
These are the first roof features you need to inspect. Pay attention to any leaves, dirt, and other debris that may have collected in them. Serious roof damage may occur as a result of standing water, which happens when water cannot leave the roof the way it was designed to do. Also, check the seals of these features to make sure water goes through—not around—them.
These refer to vents, stacks, skylights, HVAC equipment and other roof protrusions. Make sure the condensation coming out of HVAC units go through the drains. Also, check the area surrounding these penetrations for any surface damage. Pursue roof repairs right away if you find warping on the membrane.
3. Roof Surface
It may be simple to inspect, but this aspect shouldn’t be left out in your commercial roof inspection plan. Find out if it has sustained physical damage from objects that have been dropped from a height or excessive foot traffic. See if it has blisters or separation between the roof layers as you walk on it.
4. Flashings and Roof Edges
Inspect the roof terminations and edges for cracks or splits. Examine the metal flashings or expansion joints to see if they are working as intended. Masonry walls must also be checked to identify whether moisture has penetrated through.
5. General Defects
Lastly, pay attention to the various defects that may be found in the roofing system. These include small holes on the roof surface, signs of wear and tear, and cracks where moisture could seep through.
To be sure that every component of your roofing system is covered, turn to the pros of Affordable Roofing Systems. Once we’ve done our initial assessment and repairs to your building’s roof, we work with you to develop a maintenance plan involving routine inspections and cleanings to help identify issues later on.