Within many of the blogs on this site we recommend a regular roof inspection. We’re also keen to suggest that certainly for industrial and commercial properties, a roof inspection should be carried out by an expert. But what exactly does an expert look for during an inspection?
Avoiding serious and costly roof repairs
A professional roof inspection can help to save your business time and money. An expert will check every aspect of your roof, including the following –
- Wall and deck inspection – An expert roof inspection will check for evidence of damage, wear or general aging that may compromise the effectiveness of your roof. Specific signs of poor flashing or water intrusion will be of particular interest. As soon as it’s clear that water is evident underlying materials are likely to be corroded and rotted, increasing the risk of subsequent damage.
- Metal flashings – On metal roof installations it’s important for metal flashings to be assessed to prevent any leakage or corrosion issues. Ensuring that metal flashings, perimeters and seams are fastened properly is essential as they are areas prone to contracting and expanding over time and through high winds and other weather assaults.
- Expansion joints – Expansion joints are integral to the performance of your roof and form an important part of any roof inspection. An expert inspection will evaluate any openings or lower quality materials used previously.
- Roofing dividers – By dividing a roof into separate parts it’s possible to minimise movement caused by differing temperatures. But, like everything lese it’s important that they are inspected regularly. The idea is to ensure that the dividers are continuing to do their job properly, the reduction of movement can certainly help to protect your building across the whole year.
Other checks and regularity
The points above represent only a small number of the checks that would be carried out in a
professional roof inspection. Obviously much depends on the type of roof your property has but it’s
reasonable to expect that metal cap and counter flashings, ballast placement, drains, HVAC equipment, conduit and pipe flashings and ballast displacement will all be assessed.
So, how regularly should you undertake a roof inspection? Again it depends on the type of roof you have and whether you’ve had problems in the past. The one certainty is that if regular maintenance and inspection isn’t something that you have in place, it really should be.
A professional inspection can save money and ensure the performance and life of your roof for time to come. Call us for more information now!