A functional roof is an important part of your commercial building. If something goes wrong, you could face thousands of dollars of damage from leaks and other roof accidents. A commercial roof inspection, however, can save you time and money by putting your roof under the microscope as a team of professionals searches for any signs of damage and wear.
Deciding on an Inspection Plan
A commercial roof inspection shouldn’t wait until you think your roof has a problem. Hiring a commercial roofing contractor to regularly inspect your roof is a great way to find small problems and fix them before the next rainstorm dumps gallons of water into your building. It’s important to schedule a commercial roof inspection at least once a year. That is sufficient for most business owners.
During the roof inspection, a commercial roofing company will examine the interior of your building for any signs of issues with your roof. Leaking issues often manifest themselves in the ceilings and walls of a building. Water stains, bulging surfaces and mold growth are just some of the troubling signs that may indicate that water is getting into the building. If this damage goes unchecked for years, the structural integrity of the building may be at risk. Thus, costing more money in roof repairs.
The exterior inspection involves several different parts of the roof, beginning with the roof’s surface. During the independent roof inspection, inspectors will walk on the roof and look for signs of any damage to the surface caused by weather events or age. Flat roofs are more likely to develop issues with standing water, especially if leaves or debris have clogged your drains. A puddle of standing water, left unattended for days, can seep through your roof and begin to damage its structure. Sloped roofs generally don’t have this issue, but the surface must be checked for other problems, such as damaged shingles.
Another important element that needs to be inspected are the features of the roof that may allow moisture to get in, such as skylights, vents and HVAC equipment. If the seals on these features have failed, leaks may follow. Most roof features use metal flashing to prevent water from seeping inside; your commercial roof inspector will examine the flashing carefully to ensure that they haven’t begun to break down and fail.
The Drainage System
Gutters and drains need to be kept free of debris in order to allow rainwater to flow away from your roof. The most common debris that clogs up drains is leaves and other plant material. During a commercial roof inspection, the drains are checked for debris to make sure the seals on each portion are tight so that water is not exiting the drain prematurely.
Problems with your commercial building’s roof can quickly add up. Getting your roof inspected regularly can help prevent significant problems. Mid Florida Roofing offers expert commercial roof inspection services to keep your business running smoothly. Contact us today at 407-830-8554 to learn more about our commercial roof inspections.