What To Look For During Commercial Roof Inspections
It is recommended that you have your commercial roof inspected every six to 12 months as part of a complete roofing maintenance routine. These inspections are important as they allow a roofer to check for signs of damage and wear. If damage or wear is noted, a roofing professional can repair the damaged areas, helping to prevent more widespread or extensive damage. If you are getting ready to have a commercial roofing inspection completed, you may find yourself wondering what a roofer will be looking for during the inspection. Read on to find out.
One of the first things that a roofing professional will look for when they are completing a roof inspection is visible damage. Most roof inspectors will start the roof inspection on the ground. They will walk around the perimeter of the roof and look up. They may look for obvious signs of damage, such as large cracks, signs or water leaks, or missing shingles. They will then get on the roof and look for other signs of visible damage, such as water bubbles, lifting or curling roofing materials or missing roofing materials.
Exterior Structural Components
Once the roofing professional has looked at the roof as a whole, they will begin to look at individual components that make up the exterior structure of the roof. This includes the roof membrane, flashings, the roof decking, roof insulation, masonry parapets and copings and penetrations to the roof surface, such as HVAC systems and venting. A roofer will look at each of these components looking for signs of damage, such as rips, tears, bends or imperfections. If any problems are noted, these components will likely need to be replaced.
Interior Roofing and Ceiling Components
Finally, a roofer will look at your interior roofing and ceiling components. They will go under the roof, typically in your attic or upper crawlspace, to inspect the underside of the roof. By inspecting the underside of the roof, a roofing professional is able to look for signs of water leaks. If there are water stains, mold or mildew present on the underside of the roof, odds are, you have a roof leak. This also allows a roofer to pinpoint what area the roof leak is occurring in and make a repair to the affected area to prevent future leaking.
Has it been a year or longer since your last commercial roofing inspection? If so, you are due to have your roof inspected. Contact us at Rosie’s Roofing & Restoration to schedule a roof inspection for your commercial building in the greater Atlanta area today.