Think of regular routine commercial roof inspections in the same way you would routinely change oil on a car. By changing your oil regularly you protect and extend the longevity of your engine and much is the same when it comes to a roof. Roofing is an investment so to protect that investment, regular routine inspections are needed to prevent major problems from occurring and extend the life of your roofing investment.
Common Commercial Roof Issues
There are a list of potential issues when it comes to commercial roofing but here we will look at some of the most common and how they can be addressed.
Leaks– Any kind of roof can experience roof leaks so if a leak is noticed, there is definitely a problem. Regular routine maintenance can help reduce the chance of roof leaks as inspectors will be able to spot any potential issues with the roofing before it becomes a major issue.
Missing Roofing– Weather will always have an impact on roofing material so it’s important that it is properly installed. Missing shingles, tenting or billowing can occur if materials are not adhered properly with single-ply roofing being at the greatest risk of billowing or roofing blowing off. When a new roof is installed, be sure to ask the inspector to provide proper specifications or building code for your area to ensure proper installation standards.
Faulty/Poor Installation– Poor workmanship will more than likely lead to problems and will almost always have an impact on the longevity of your commercial roofing. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common problems seen with roofing installation which is why it is important to ask the contractor for a detailed inspection report with digital photos provided making sure any modifications are listed clearly before beginning a new installment.
Irregular Maintenance– There are a lot of problems that turn into bigger issues because routine maintenance is not addressed. With routine inspections, inspectors can fix areas of the roofing before they become a major safety issue or financial burden. Annual routine maintenance is recommended to minimize roofing issues.
Ponding Water– According to the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), ponding water is considered any undesirable water settling in an area for more than 48 hours. The problem is that the weight of the water can pose a threat to the structural integrity of the roof and lead to possible collapse. Having flashings checked as part of the routine maintenance can help prevent water ponding as well as making sure there is proper drainage. This will also aid in preventing roof leaks.
Roof Punctures– Depending on what surrounds a commercial building or the foot traffic a building is exposed to will determine the likelihood of punctures to the roofing material. Limiting traffic as well as routine maintenance will decrease the odds of roof punctures becoming a major issue.
Poor Repair Work– Again, poor workmanship can lead to major issues. If the wrong materials are used or improperly placed it can result in costly damage. Be sure that the contractor is certified from the manufacturer before installing or repairing the roof.
Shrinkage– Shrinkage most often occurs to the flashings and uncured membrane of a roof. Visual inspections should spot these if they are a problem.
Erosion– Before installing a new roof make sure your contractor is licensed and certified. A good contractor will know which type of materials are best suited for your building as well as building codes so that things like splitting, blistering and other erosion factors are less likely to occur.
As you can see, regular routine maintenance matters when it comes to protecting your commercial roofing. There is such a long list of potential problems that can occur with a roof that to not have a professional inspect your commercial roofing annually would be stressful. The cost upfront may seem unnecessary to some but once major problems occur one can quickly see that the cost for repairing or having to replace a commercial roof is far more costly in the long run. Something as simple as losing pieces of your roofing can turn into extensive damage of the overall structure of the building. A new roof should be built to last but it also is built with the idea that it will be properly maintained on a routine basis.
Be One Step Ahead
Any time a commercial roof is inspected there should always be a detailed report given on the conditions of the roof. If there is damage, minor or major, these things will need to be noted. By having these as records, if a claim needs to be filed, it will help simplify the insurance process and potentially move it along more quickly. Not only that, but this will act as a protective measure for you as the owner by having even the most minute details on record. Making sure all inspections are done through a credible company who are avid about details concerning damages, repairs and all estimated costs will also be of benefit.
The beginning of the new year is a great time to start making those priority lists of what needs to be tackled for the year and it’s a good time to start checking those things off the list so that you can go into the rest of the year knowing everything is taken care of.