What To Look for During Commercial Roof Inspections
We have previously discussed how routine inspections and maintenance can help spot problems on your commercial roof and fix potential issues before they cause any notable damage. But if you are considering setting up a maintenance plan for your building, you probably want more details than just that. So we’re taking a moment to discuss, specifically, what goes into a roof inspection and why this is important.
Watching for Signs of Visible Damage on the Roof
Roof damage can happen in many ways, but there are usually at least some signs that it has occurred, even if the leak is hidden. Experienced roof inspectors will look for things like:
- Cracks in the roof lining that indicate weather damage or wear due to long-term exposure
- Ponding water in areas that indicates a problem with drainage and potential leaks underneath
- Debris and dirt that could indicate storm damage (and could invite pests or mildew)
- Discoloration that may indicate leaks or other problems
- Punctures in the roof layers, which could be damaged from hail or walking on the roof
- Moss or algae growth that should be removed and prevented
- Cracked, rusted, or warped flashing – the protective metal edges along the roof
- Signs of damage on metal panels and any fasteners used to keep them together.
- Missing shingles or worn shingles that need to be replaced soon
Checking Exterior Structural Components
Not all roof damage is obvious – and not all of it happens to the roofing materials themselves. That’s why a proper inspection will also take time to examine exterior structural components. That includes examining any chimneys or masonry for signs of wear, missing chunks, or cracks. The inspection will also check roof vents to ensure they are working and are not blocked or jammed. It’s also important to check fascia and deck for any signs of water damage, mildew, pest problems, or other issues that need to be addressed immediately. And, of course, any skylights should be checked for damage or leaks.
Often problems with these components, especially deterioration or moss/mildew growth, can hint that the roof is also starting to suffer problems. It’s best to address them now instead of waiting.
Checking Interior Structural Components
The interior of a commercial roof is also important. A good inspection will include a checkup of all inside components. One of the first steps is to look for any discoloration or other signs of leak damage: If this exists, it needs to be traced to the source of the leak and ultimately external damage. Interior inspections will also check for warping, signs of mold or mildew, and in some cases, signs of floor damage that may indicate a dripping issue. For extensive leaks, it’s also important to get a record of any rot or damage on internal structural materials that will need to be replaced.
If you would like to arrange a roof inspection or talk about maintenance options for your commercial roof, contact MG Roofing today to schedule your consultation and more!