How to Inspect Commercial Roofing?
After a storm, now that you’ve taken care of the interior structure of the commercial building, your jobs not complete yet. It’s time to take your equipment and head to the roof for necessary inspection for repairs and damages.
Often we tend to ignore and overlook the significance of getting the roofs inspected every now and then. It is only when we face issues such as water leaks and cracks forming in the sealing, that we hire a professional to take care of the damages. These damages could have been avoided, had the roof been inspected in due time.
Not only is it important to regularly inspect your roof for damages, it is also important to know how to inspect. If you are not aware of the correct procedures or things you should keep an eye for, then all your time and effort spent inspecting your roof is futile.
Now that you’re up on the roof all ready to inspect, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind.
1. Establish a Routine for Your Inspection
Before you start your commercial roof inspection, you need to make a plan of how you are going to tackle your roof inspection. You can plan your inspection by dividing the entire roof into 3 groups. This way you will ensure that you don’t miss out any area of your roof.
a) Drains, Scuppers, and Gutters
A roof inspection is not just about examining the roof. It also involves inspecting every other aspect related to the roofing system. Check the gutters and drains to see if it is free of debris, dirt and leaves or any other thing that could cause damage to the roof.
b) Surface Area of the Roof
This part of the inspection is the simplest. You will be able to easily identify signs of damages, as you will be walking right over the roof. It’s best to start from one area and then make your way to the end.
c) Roof Edges, Flashings, Control and Expansion Joints
Make sure you don’t miss out on inspecting the edges of the commercial roofing system. Keep your eye open for any splits or cracks around the edges. Make sure to check the metal flashing and expansion joints to see if they have not gotten loose.