There are many factors behind the importance of regular commercial roof inspections and maintenance. Poor roofing installation can cause problems before you expect them to set in. It can lead to unanticipated complications in several areas, especially safety. Roofing failure is usually because of faulty materials. The roof may wear down faster than usual. Even foot traffic on it can result in more damage.
Ensuring that your roof goes through regular safety inspections and maintenance, you can be sure of its safety. Of course, we know that a safe roof is a comfortable roof for your clients and employees..
Roof Inspection and Maintenance Guidelines
As you might expect, commercial roof inspections and maintenance come with a number of requirements. These could be specific to the location, but many rules are general. All inspections have to be documented correctly, for example. This makes it easier to keep track of any changes or problems as they occur. Keep your inspection forms track your repair invoices and take photos. This allows you to keep a tab on your roofing expenses and the recurrent issues with your roof.
Commercial Roofing Safety and Maintenance Program
You can build your own program for commercial roofing safety and maintenance, starting with creating a file for your building. Be sure to take note of the roof’s installation date, along with the updates and repairs. Also watch issues with repair expenses and take pictures of areas that are always giving you headaches.
Twice annually following a big storm, you have to inspect the roof’s surface. It should be stagnant water-free within 48 hours of the weather disturbance. Keep an eye out for any damage to the flashing or for any discolorations on roofing materials. There should be no vegetation on the surface, and no problems surrounding the roof penetrations, like cracks in the caulking around pipes, HVAC units, antennas, etc. Also see if there is debris in the gutter system as well as in the drains.
You need to document all that you observe on both the outer and inner (the ceiling) sides of the roof. Take note of discolorations or stains on the wall surface and tiles, and be sure to have pictures of them. Inspect for rusty roof decking or joints, window frames and attic space, and check for molds. All of these point to a leak, which has to be repaired before it becomes a bigger problem.
If there are any irregularities found during the inspections, contact a certified roofing company to discuss repairs. They have to be qualified as well as insured, and they should offer a work warranty.
Working with a roofing company that conducts inspections twice annually is a good way to maintain roof safety. As professionals, they are expected to be knowledgeable of all the guidelines and capable of complying satisfactorily.