If you want to extend the life of your commercial roofing system, the first step is to establish a roof inspection and maintenance plan. You can start by performing regular roof inspections, detecting problems early, to minimize repairs and prevent premature failure.Before you start you need to consider two key factors, your environment & climate and the status of your roof.
The Environment and Roof inspection
Weather elements are a major factor in roof problems and you have to develop a checklist for your inspection routines. An environment with mild weather and minimal winds, and little or no trees, does minimal damage to buildings. On the other hand, if your building is located in a hurricane, hailstorms, and strong wind prone area you are at a very high-risk zone. Study the environment carefully to make a more informed decision of how frequently you will need to carry out an inspection.
Status of the Roof
If the roof has a lot of footfall it is at risk. Even routine movements by your HVAC team accessing the roof during servicing your heating and cooling systems create undue pressure. Actually any activity that results in a lot of pressure or weight can increase the risk to your roof. Gradually it will wear and chances are that some kind of damage may occur.
Actual Roof Inspection Program
To create an effective inspection program that will increase the performance of your roofing system here are some basic tips:
Regular Roof inspection every Six Months
During inspections be attentive to perimeter areas of the roof and flashings areas. It is important to schedule an inspection in autumn, so you can address any preventive maintenance issues before winter. Schedule the other in spring so you can identify and repair any damage that might have been caused by the severe winter.
Check for damages after Major Construction Events
It is a good idea to inspect inside the building after a major construction of weather change. The focus should be to check the interior walls and ceilings. Keep a lookout for signs of cracks, water strains, and settling of foundation walls.
Your inspection should definitely include roof covering condition, roof edging & flashing condition, supporting structures, drains & scupper, pitch plans and penetrations, joint covers, lightning protection systems, evidence of ponding.
A good commercial roofing maintenance program should remember to keep the roof clean and free of debris, Keep your clear drainage systems, limit penetrations of the roof, clear and repair ”ponding”. It should also restrict roof access to authorized personnel only. It is also essential to check sloped roofs.
Keep accurate records of every inspection of the roof, to properly monitor and prevent future damage
So for optimum care of commercial roofing system do regular maintenance guided by an effective inspection program. Contact Dyna Roof today for a roofing inspection.