Routinely inspecting the roof of your business will reduce wear, prevent damage, and ensure repairs get done before they get worse. It is best to inspect commercial buildings a couple of times throughout the year. The following inspection checklist will help you with maintenance and repairs that need to be done to commercial roofs and ensure materials last longer.
Walk Through the Interior of Your Business to Spot Water Damage, Signs of Roof Leaks, or Mechanical Problems
The problems inside your business can tell you a lot about potential problems on the roof. Before you look at the roof, walk through your business and look for watermarks and signs of leaks; especially around areas where mechanical systems penetrate the roof. Take note of areas where there are signs of water damage and check the roof for leaks. If the problem is not a roof leak, it may be another problem with mechanical systems like plumbing, HVAC, or commercial refrigeration systems.
Clean Drainage Systems and Gutter Canals to Spot Problems and Ensure They Do Not Leak
The problems on commercial roofs often start wear drainage grates or gutter canals are located. These are areas where debris from vegetation near your business and other unwanted debris can clog drain systems on the roof. Clean these areas to keep them free of debris that causes problems with wear and standing water and inspect them for signs of damage that could potentially cause leaks inside of your business.
Visually Inspect the Surface of Your Roof for Signs of Wear and Storm Damage That Require Repairs
Once the roof has been cleaned and all surfaces are visible, do a visual inspection for signs of wear and storm damage. First, look for problems like missing materials or seams of membranes separating and have them repaired if needed. In addition, look closely at the surface for signs of damage due to severe weather, such as pitting from hail or materials being blown up or off your roof by high winds.
Check the Seals and Flashing Around Rooftop Mechanical Systems for Signs of Wear and Potential Leaks
In addition to the materials that protect commercial roofs from rain, there are also seals, boots and flashing around mechanical systems. These are some of the most vulnerable areas on commercial roofs, which is why it is important to finish up your roof inspection by checking the seals around rooftop mechanical systems and repairing them if you notice signs of wear or damage that could lead to leaks and damage to your business.
This commercial roof inspection checklist will help ensure your roof lasts with fewer problems with costly damage. If you need help with maintenance or repairs to the roof of your business, contact a commercial roofing contractor service to ensure minor maintenance does not grow into costly repairs and damage to your business.