Managing your commercial building is a complex endeavor. You not only have to oversee the day-to-day operations of your property, but you also need to negotiate leases, collect the rent, supervise cleaning and schedule and oversee maintenance and repairs.
One critical component of your tenant’s safety and the structural integrity of your building is the roofing system. While it’s important to address issues that arise immediately to prevent more expensive damage, during your annual inspection how can you be sure nothing is missed? Here are some key things to consider when having your team or roofer inspect your roof.
Items to Consider When Inspecting Your Roof System
As a commercial property owner or manager, it’s important to inspect your buildings on a regular basis. When it comes to roofing problems, there are some telltale signs your roof may need roof repairs or replacement.
When inspecting your roofing system, here are 10 commercial roof maintenance tips including general tips, as well as signs of potential roofing issues inside and outside your building to be aware of.
1. Keep Maintenance Logs
Having a history of activity when it comes to roof maintenance and repairs can be valuable. Keeping a maintenance log is a good management tool and can be useful when making repairs, or even selling your property.
In your log, keep a record of who goes up onto your roof, when they are on the roof (date and time), where they were on the roof and why they were there (maintenance, inspection, repairs, etc).
2. Record Everything You Encounter During Your Inspection
Record the state of every item you look at – vents, flashing, etc. Is it good (no action needed), fair (monitor), or bad (take immediate action)? What action is needed – repair or replacement? Where on the roof is it located? Take pictures and document any damage for future reference, as well as insurance purposes (if applicable).
3. Create a Custom Toolkit
Create a toolkit with everything you need to inspect your roof. Include a checklist, roof-plans and aerial photos, a pencil and paper for taking notes, a camera for taking pictures of any damage, a tape measure, and a flashlight.
Next, here are some tips for signs of potential damage to look for when inspecting the interior of your building.
4. Check The Walls
What is the current state of your walls? Look for signs of mold or dark spots. Are they peeling wet or damp? These can be signs of leaks or early signs of mold. Have the areas inspected and tested immediately.
5. Check Vents and Chimneys
Inspect all areas around vents and chimneys for dampness. This can be a sign that flashing has broken down and needs replacement or repair.
6. Check Your Attic
Is there proper ventilation in your space? Are there cracks in the rafters and sheathing, or is there damaged decking visible? Is there light showing where there shouldn’t be? These are all visible signs of potential damage that, if not immediately addressed, can result in serious and costly repairs.
7. Check for Leaks
Are there any visible leaks? Where are they located? Leaks should be addressed as soon as they are discovered. If left un-repaired they can lead to rot, mold or structural damage. Take pictures to document locations, and then call a professional roofer for an inspection.
Moving to the roof, now, you can look for these signs that it is time to call your roofing company.
8. Check for Visible Damage
Look for visible damage and large debris blocking your roof’s drainage system. Are there obvious signs of damage? Check for blocked or broken gutters and downspouts. Your team can take care of these issues right away to help prevent future damage.
9. Wear and Tear
Check all flashing, vents, chimneys, fascias, drip edges and decking. Is the roof sagging? Is anything missing? Do you see visible signs of corrosion, rust, or rotting? If you see any of these signs, contact your roofing professional.
10. Check these Extras on a Flat Roof
Look for ponding, punctures, holes, or blisters in the material, or anything that may have pulled or is pulling away from the roof.
As the building owner or manager, you should have your property inspected every spring and fall by a roofing professional. They can address any uncovered problems and advise you on deeper issues your team may not have spotted.
If you have any questions or find issues which need immediate attention the best solution is to contact a roofing professional. If you live in the greater Pasadena, California area, connect with the commercial roofing experts at Roof Repair Specialist.