In between calling in the professionals, routine roof inspections are an important item on the preventative maintenance to-do list. If a roof problem can be fixed before it gets worse, that can save money and time in the future. Here are a few tips for a roof inspection:
A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. If a roof is prone to ponding water, that could be a major source of stress on a roof. Left unattended, the roof could experience major water damage or even collapse. Both are big ticket items that could rock a budget and be a safety hazard. When inspecting a roof, look out for pooling water and take care of it as soon as possible. Doing a quick roof inspection after a large storm may save you money and time in the long run.
The random screw on the roof may not seem like a make or break discovery, but that tiny clue could be signifying a much larger issue. A leftover screw may be indicative of an access panel not being properly secured and at risk of blowing off. An open access panel on mechanical equipment could let rain into the building, leave compartments open to the elements or puncture the roof when the panel is blown off. If a loose screw is seen, make sure it does not belong to an access panel. In general, loose screws present a big puncture risk is stepped on, so clear any you see on your roof inspection.
As stated before, a drainage system could be the difference between a collapsed roof and a dry roof. Always check for debris in the drainage system and make sure it stays clear. Call in the professionals for any major blockage and check to make sure that the water is draining properly.
Whatever you see on your roof inspection should be fixed as soon as possible. Especially if there is a leak or physical damage to the roof, these issues could get larger through time. If unattended, a building could need roof section replacements, insulation repairs or major adjustments to mechanical equipment. Especially if a natural disaster has occurred, calling a roofing company in sooner rather than later can save major dollars and possible the safety of your tenants down the line.
Sources: Amanda Bare, Account Executive of Roof Partners LLC