Commercial roof inspections are an essential part of preserving building integrity for business owners. Waiting for a roof to start leaking or growing vegetation is not recommended, especially if a warranty is at stake. Scheduling regular commercial roof inspections can prevent serious — and expensive — repairs down the road.
Examine the Roof from Ground Level
A knowledgeable inspector will not only study the roof up close, but also walk around the building’s perimeter — this can reveal problems not evident from the rooftop. The inspector should look for pieces of the roof that may have detached, and make note of any rust stains on the sides of the building. During the ground-level inspection, the roofing inspector must also pay attention to debris causing blockages in the drainage system.
Inspect Building Interior
Commercial roof inspections will involve looking for water damage inside as well, especially around skylights or where pipes exit the roof. Water stains or moldy odors can help inspectors narrow down the origin of leaks and assess the extent of the exterior damage.
Observe Roof Membrane
Your roof’s protective covering, the membrane, is the primary line of defense against water. Water leads to mold and mold leads to rot, so keeping the membrane secure is vital to your building.
Here is a list of problems that should be addressed immediately if spotted:
- Bubbles forming underneath the membrane
- Tears, cracks or crumbling sections of membrane
- Puddles of standing water
While your inspector walks on the rooftop, make sure any sounds related to moisture are noted. Water that has sunk into the rooftop results in a sodden, spongy membrane, which could possibly reach the insulation and create a deeper problem.
Check Lightning Protection System
If a lightning protection system’s metal cables have loosened, they pose a tear-off risk in high winds. It is important to ensure the system is firmly fastened to the rooftop, both to protect the building from a lightning strike and to guard against winds pulling off the cables and taking pieces of the roof membrane with them.
Make Landscape Suggestions
Your inspection will identify any low-hanging branches or leaning trees that could harm your roof. Your inspector can help you lay out a landscaping plan to take care of surrounding brush so the next windy day will not result in costly damage.
How Often Should You Schedule Inspections?
Summer’s extreme heat and winter’s precipitous weather cause the worst wear and tear on a commercial roof. Ideally, your commercial roof should be checked in the spring and fall, before and after the most intense periods of heat and cold. You will also want to schedule a commercial roof inspection immediately following a major storm to check for any serious damage, as unaddressed problems only worsen as time passes.
Contact Knockout Roofing today for professional guidance on planning commercial roof inspections and keeping your building in ideal shape.