Your business deserves the very best, and that includes a solid roof covering it. Just because you understand the importance of regular roofing maintenance
, doesn’t mean that you know what to look for during an inspection.
Whether your maintenance crew will be handling the job, or you bring in a team of professionals, the commercial roofing experts at MG Roofing Inc. recommend checking for these common problems during every commercial roof inspection.
Look for Obvious Damage and Debris
Whether you are checking your roof after a big storm, or simply as part of your seasonal maintenance, the first step to any inspection is looking for obvious signs of damage or leftover debris.
Clear roofs of leaves and branches to keep them from damaging the roof. Also, look for loose or missing shingles, standing water, and signs of wear and tear. Not sure what to be looking for? Here are a few tips:
- Cracks in masonry or caps
- Missing joints along roof edges
- Excess granules that appear dislodged or loose
- Missing domes on roof drains
- Loose or buckled flashing
- Vegetation growing from the roof or gutters
- Missing or damaged gutters
- Loose, cracked or missing caulking
- Gaps in roofing structure, vents, antennas, skylights, drains, etc.
Check the Exterior Structure
There are a lot of different components that make your commercial roofing system work, and each must be maintained properly to keep leaks from forming. Leaks most commonly occur around chimneys, vents, and skylights, making regular inspections vital to avoiding underlying roofing problems. Be sure to inspect all exterior structures (including gutters, fascia, drip edges, etc.), looking for signs of standing water, rust, rot and cracks. Something as simple as aging caulk around a vent or rusting screws can lead to thousands of dollars in damage if water is allowed to penetrate the roof's underlayment.
Don’t Forget the Inside
You may think that a roof inspection only covers the outside. That assumption may hide problems until they are too late. A thorough roof inspection should also look at the interior structure, keeping a close eye out for water stains, signs of mold and mildew, wall discoloration, raised or deteriorating walls, windowsills, etc. These are all signs that water is making its way from the exterior roof to the interior of the building.
Get Professional Help Today
Statistics show that proper roof maintenance can save you 45% in repair costs and double the lifespan of your commercial roof. If you aren’t sure what a proper commercial roofing maintenance inspection should include, be sure to call the expert team at MG Roofing Inc. to schedule your consultation today.