Tracking Down Roofing Issues

A Look At The Primary Components Of A Professional Commercial Roof Inspection

As a business owner, one of the most important things that you can do for your business property is to make sure the roof of the building is properly maintained. From regular maintenance to periodic inspections, all of these things will help ensure that you get the longest life possible from the roofing materials that you have in place. Contacting a commercial roofer for inspections of your roof from time to time will help you catch problems before they become major issues that can put your business property at risk of being damaged. Take a look at some of the most important aspects of a professional commercial roof inspection.

1. Gutters and drains will be thoroughly examined. 

Gutters, drainage points, and scuppers are all important parts of a commercial roofing system because they help pull water off and away from the roof. One of the first things that will be examined during a commercial roofing inspection is these water-related components as they can be most prone to damage. During this time, the inspector will look at things like: 

  • If there are any missing or damaged parts 
  • If the drainage points are clogged or rightfully wicking water 
  • If there are points that need to be cleaned out for proper drainage

2. Rooftop penetration points will be assessed. 

The average commercial roof will have a ton of different penetrations or things that protrude through the roof as part of a functional building. For example, rooftop vents, skylights, and HVAC system components are considered to be penetrations. Unfortunately, it is in these areas where a commercial roofing system can be the weakest and allow for leaks to start to develop. Therefore, the inspection will involve a proper examination of each point to see if they are still adequately sealed from moisture.  

3. The surface area of the roof will be inspected. 

The surface area of the roof refers to the entirety of the roof itself. During the inspection, while the professional is walking around on the roof, they will be consistently examining the surface of the roof for signs of problems. These problems can show up in different ways depending on the roofing material. For example, a flat roof system may have buckles and ridges in places where the underlying substrate is starting to fall apart because of moisture exposure. Any noteworthy issues will be recorded so the entire roofing system can be assessed as a whole upon completion of the inspection. 

For more information about commercial roof inspections, reach out to a commercial roofing company in your area.