You may own or manage a commercial building, but that does not automatically make you worldly-wise; your roof may still mystify you. Though you know you need to take care of your commercial low-slope roof, you may not know exactly what is involved. For example, how is a commercial roof inspection done?
A roof inspection for commercial property could be performed for any number of reasons:
- To ensure current code compliance
- To assess damage from weather, age, or human error
- To determine the building’s true value for a pending sale or purchase
- In preparation for roofing assets management
- For regular, routine service and maintenance
- As a way to create a written record to uphold warranties
Since every roof inspection is different and is done for varying goals, one inspection might take only a few hours while another takes a day or two. One inspection might use invasive sampling (core sample extraction) while another relies only on visual scrutiny.
While commercial roof inspections generally follow a basic, common plan among roofing contractors, an exceptional, excellent roof inspection such as the work done by Moore & Sons has a few important highlights:
The superior roofer takes all the time needed to inspect all pertinent features:
- Drainage systems from internal drains to gutters and parapet scuppers
- Roof penetrations
- Correct slope
- Roof access (hatches, fire doors, ladder systems, and so on)
- Existing written warranties
- Weather-dependent wearing
- Evidence of neglect, deferred maintenance, or incorrectly performed repairs
- Mechanical fasteners
- Flashing including cap flashing
Since an inspection is chiefly a quiet operation, it can done during your company’s regular business hours. The representative from your local, reliable commercial roofing contractor will of course walk the roof, but will also attempt to inspect the roof deck, interior ceilings, exterior gutters and downspouts, and any areas you highlight as problematic.
Expect a detailed, written report supported by photographs and other evidence a few days after the inspection. Meet with your roofer to discuss findings and plan a path forward, which may include:
- Further, destructive testing
- Immediate repair work
- Waterproof coatings
- Recommendations for full roof replacement
Regardless of the contractor’s findings, delay is never good. If damage exists, have your roofer make necessary repairs and restoration immediately. Postpone other concerns until the repairs are made, to prevent devastating roof leaks.
Connect with us this day at Moore & Sons Roofing to find out more about our commercial roofing services.