Elements Of A Commercial Roof Inspection You Can Complete Yourself
It is recommended that you have a commercial roof inspection done twice a year on your commercial roof. Most experts recommend having this done during the spring and fall. Between professional inspections, you can also conduct your own commercial roof inspection. However, it is not recommended that you walk on the roof, as foot traffic can damage a roof, and most people do not know what to look for on the roof. Here are a few elements of a commercial roof inspection that you can complete on your own without going on a roof.
Looking Below the Roof for Signs of Water Damage
One of the elements of a commercial roof inspection that you can complete yourself is looking below the roof for signs of water damage. Most commercial roofs have an attic or upper crawl space that you can access. When you are in this space, if you look upward, you are looking at the underside of the roof deck. This is the inner most layer of the roof. If water is penetrating through your roofing materials, you may see signs of water damage on the underside of the decking, including water stains.
Checking Out the Walls Nearest the Roof for Leaks
While you are in the space nearest the roof, also take the time to check out the walls that are nearest the roof. In most cases, the decking will have signs of water penetration. But, in some cases, the water may be falling from your roof, directly down your walls. You may see signs of water damage on the walls including discoloration, water streaks, bubbling or peeling paint. If the walls in this space do not have drywall on them, the insulation may show discoloration or signs of mold or mildew growth if water is present.
Inspecting Connected Parts for Mold, Mildew or Moss
The final element of a commercial roofing inspection that you can complete yourself is inspecting the parts that are connected to your roof for signs of mold, mildew or moss. This may include elements such as your gutter troughs, downspouts, eaves, overhangs or awnings. If these elements have mold, mildew or moss growing on them, there is a good chance the roof also has mold, mildew or moss growing on it. Mold, mildew or moss can cause substantial damage to a roof, so it is important to be on the lookout for these items.
If it has been six months or longer since your last professional inspection, or you find damage when completing your own inspection between professional inspections, you will want to schedule a professional commercial roof inspection today. Contact your preferred commercial roofing company to set an appointment.