Make Sure Your Roofing Inspection Includes These 3 Things
December 28, 2016
Properly maintaining the roof on your commercial property presents a different set of challenges than looking after a residential roof. Not only does your commercial roof cover a larger area, it’s likely “flat” with a low slope and integrated drains to carry rainwater away. Additionally, commercial roofs are designed and constructed to bear the weight of HVAC equipment and seasonal snow loads. Routine roof inspections are essential to protect this costly asset, and they offer additional benefits including:
- Warranty compliance: If your roof system is still under a manufacturer’s warranty, regular inspections may be a requirement to keep your coverage intact.
- Better asset management: When you stay aware and proactive about maintenance and repairs needed on the roof, it’s easier to preserve its value as well as fit any associated costs into your budget.
Commercial Roofing Inspections for St. Louis Properties
To catch developing problems before they cause leaks, structural decay or interior damage, you should have a roof inspection performed twice a year and after any major weather event. An inspection is a task best handled by a knowledgeable commercial roofing contractor, since it takes skill and expertise to assess a roof safely and accurately without causing any additional damage. An expert inspection should include these three components:
- In-depth evaluation: The entire roof should be thoroughly examined, including the membrane/cover material, seams, flashings, parapets, penetrations, internal drains, scuppers/gutters and downspouts. Deferred maintenance issues should be noted, such as vegetation growth, debris or evidence of standing water. Core samples can also be taken to identify the type of roofing material, its thickness and condition, and moisture assessments should be performed to identify hidden deterioration of the insulation, decking, and structural components.
- Detailed inspection report: You should receive an inspection report that contains photos and a prioritized list of any deficiencies found on the roof, along with recommendations on appropriate corrective actions for each one and their costs. The report should also include an assessment of the roof’s overall condition and estimate of its remaining service life.
- Expert advice: An experienced commercial roofer can help you develop and implement an effective roof maintenance program, advise you on improvements like roof coatings that can extend the existing asset’s lifespan, and provide you with forecasting and budgeting assistance to help you plan for a future roof replacement.
To schedule an expert commercial roofing inspection on your St Louis property, contact us at Jewett Roofing today.