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What You Need in a Commercial Roof Inspection

October 23, 2017

What You Need in a Commercial Roof Inspection

The roofs on commercial properties like yours take a beating from the weather extremes we experience here in the Midwest. This continual onslaught from the elements makes it vital to monitor your roof’s condition with frequent, in-depth inspections. When an inspection is performed by a knowledgeable and conscientious professional, it should evaluate all the components of your roof system, including the membrane, surfacing, substrate, insulation, flashings and metal terminations.

The Value of Timely Roofing Inspections for St. Louis Commercial Properties

Having regular inspections performed by an experienced roofing contractor can help you manage your roofing asset to maximize your ROI in various ways: Inspections warn you about minor issues that need attention before they escalate into bigger problems, they let you identify and prioritize needed repairs, they alert you when preservation measures like a roof coating are beneficial, and they help you plan and budget for a future replacement.

To give your roof the best possible care and limit leaks and costly damage, detailed inspections should be done twice a year and on an as-need basis:

  • In the spring to assess its condition after the harsh winter season.
  • In the fall before colder weather arrives.
  • When you suspect that the building’s roof sustained damage from any type of severe weather event.

What Should a Thorough Commercial Roof Inspection Cover?

It takes training, skill and an experienced eye to properly assess all the different components of a commercial roof, so check credentials to help you choose a qualified roofer. Then, make sure that their inspection process includes all of the following:

  • A detailed visual survey of all the roofing components to pinpoint problem areas that need attention.
  • An evaluation of the overall condition of your roof system and an estimate of its remaining lifespan.
  • Photos of the roof that clearly show the locations of any deficiencies.
  • A prioritized list of recommended maintenance and necessary repairs.
  • A list of any serious existing issues that need immediate repair.
  • Details of recommended corrective actions for identified issues, along with the estimated costs for the repairs.
  • A complete inspection report that includes a timeline for repairs and improvements and a budget matrix so you can plan ahead for the expense.
  • An offer of assistance with developing a regular roof maintenance program going forward.

To learn more about the comprehensive roofing inspections we offer St. Louis commercial property owners, contact us today at Jewett Roofing.

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