Even though the roof is a vital component in every commercial building, the sad reality is that very few people pay attention to it. Many people will go on about their business without thinking about the one thing that protects them and their goods from weather elements. They pay attention only when the roof starts leaking or manifests signs of water damage.
However, this should not be the case. Roof inspections are very important as they keep your roof in check. Have your roof regularly inspected if you do not want to be caught unaware by damage. Below are several things that happen during a roof inspection.
An Inspection Of the Building's Interior
The first place a roofer starts inspecting is the interior of the building. This is important as it makes it easy to track where the leaks are coming from. For instance, if a leak traces back to the bathroom, the roofer will know where to begin the repairs. Interior inspections also help find the true source of a leak, even when the roof isn't the culprit. For example, a leak on your ceiling could be caused by a leaking HVAC unit.
The Roofer May Need To Walk On the Roof
Commercial roof inspections also involve walking on the roof, searching for any abnormalities. Some of the issues a roofer is likely to catch include ponds of water, cracks, shingles coming off, and blisters. These inspections will usually start at the bottom, going upwards towards the middle of the roof. This ensures that no part of the roof is missed during the inspection. The edges are more prone to leaks than any other part of your roof as they get lifted by high winds.
Taking Samples from Your Roof's Core
Another necessary step during a roof inspection is taking a core sample, which helps get the real picture of the roof. For instance, the roofer needs to determine the number of layers on your roof. They also need to find out the material used on the substrate. Lastly, they need to know how old your roof is, as well as the moisture level. So, the roofer may take one or two samples from various parts of your roof. Once they are done taking samples, they will take care of the patches.
Providing a Report
Once the inspections are done, the roofer will compile a report of their findings. For example, if the building had any leaks, part of the report would include the cause of the leak, pictures of the leak, and what can be done to fix the problem. Solutions could either be a repair or replacement of the roof. You will also get a quotation for the same.
There you have it, what to expect during a routine commercial roofing inspection. If you have any questions during the process, do not hesitate to ask your commercial roofer.