Even though we are providing you with this commercial roof maintenance checklist, the inspection should be completed by a professional commercial roofer twice a year. In fact, your warranty may require inspection.
Here is a portion of what you can expect from commercial roofing maintenance.
Commercial Roof Maintenance Checklist
A professional inspector will pinpoint “minor issues,” that can cause significant damages if ignored. However, it’s important to note that not all roofing systems are identical. For example, the signs of deterioration on metal roofs differ from a BUR roof or TPO roof.
Therefore, here is a general roof maintenance checklist for industrial roofs.
Inspect the inside of the commercial property.
Water leaks are obvious signs that there’s something wrong with your roof. Also, look for peeling paint, water stains, or damaged panels on a dropped ceiling.
Check for debris and signs of storm damage.
Your maintenance crew can check for debris in between routine inspections and look for signs of significant damage following strong storms with high winds. Instruct them to remove fallen branches and clean debris left behind from such a storm.
However, having a professional roofer complete an inspection following hail storms and extreme weather conditions is a good idea. A roofing contractor will be able to see signs of severe weather damage to your roof’s surface membranes that your maintenance crews won’t notice.
Look for signs of standing water.
A flat roof surface that doesn’t properly drain can lead to “ponding water.” Water left on top of commercial roofs can damage the membrane. The additional weight and water damage may eventually affect the structural soundness of the building.
Carefully inspect the surface of the flat roofing system.
Split seams and cracks need to be repaired to keep leaks from forming. However, there may be less apparent signs of problems that a professional roofing company would not ignore.
Check the flashing.
Flashing is a thin material that directs water away from certain areas on your roof. Over time, cracks and crevices in and around the flashing are common. Sometimes flashings loosen and pull away from HVAC units, other equipment supports, and skylights.
Make sure the gutters are functioning correctly.
Most building owners ensure their gutters are functioning correctly to keep their roofs healthy. If properly functioning gutters are required for a sloped roof, you can understand how critical they are for maintaining flat roofs.
Clogged gutters and drainage pipes can cause water to stand on the roof, which can cause serious underlying damage – regardless of roof type.
- Having your flat roof surfaces inspected by a professional twice a year is essential.
- Some warranties require periodic inspections from professional commercial roofing services and proof of proper maintenance.
- Hire a commercial roofing company that works with a wide range of roofing materials for a commercial rooftop inspection.
- While your maintenance crews can look for signs that the roof needs repair, a professional will pay attention to the small details.
- Keeping your roof in good shape can help save you money by prolonging the life of your roof.
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