The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Roof Inspections

October 18, 2018

Got a few questions about roof inspections? We’ve got the answers.

Why should I get a roof inspection?
Routine inspections extend the life of the roof through the early detection of problems and by limiting deterioration. When caught early, it’s more likely that wear and damage can be repaired. Addressing a problem at the onset is almost always cheaper than replacement.

Inspections don’t just tell you the condition of the roof and its elements; a roofing professional can also help you determine the priority of repairs, provide an estimated cost, and help you map out long-term maintenance planning.

Roof system manufacturers provide long-term warranties to building owners after the successful completion of roofing projects. Most of these warranties state that failure by the building owner to take reasonable care in maintaining the roof is cause for an exclusion from coverage of the warranty. At a minimum, reasonable care includes inspections of the roof system by a qualified person.

Who from D. C. Taylor Co. will perform the roof inspection?
Expect a service project supervisor and lead man to perform the inspection. If your next inspection isn’t already planned, discuss with them when they should return. Make a plan. Proactive roof maintenance is key to extending roof life; if your facility is on our schedule, it’s less likely you’ll forget.

Where will they look?
D. C. Taylor Co.’s roof inspection service assesses the condition of more than 20 components of the roof. In addition to the field of the roof, inspections examine penetrations such as pipes and curbs, roof drains which may have become clogged, and interior walls and ceilings for signs of water infiltration (e.g. stained ceiling tiles).

What are they likely to find during a roof inspection?
The number one thing roof inspections find is roof leaks. Other discoveries include damage to the membrane, deterioration of the membrane, clogged drainage, and problems with flashing and penetrations. Safety hazards may also be identified (e.g. if air conditioning units are close to the roof’s edge or near skylights, guard rail or another means of fall protection may be necessary to protect rooftop workers).

When should I get a roof inspection? When should I schedule it (how much in advance)?
There are several factors to consider when determining the frequency of scheduled roof inspections:

  1. Is the roof used as a work platform? On heavily trafficked roofs, inspections may be necessary up to four times a year.
  2. The older the roof, the greater the frequency of inspections.
  3. Schedule inspections before and after the seasons with the most severe weather. Consider hurricane, tornado, and monsoon season when scheduling. You’ll want the roof to be in good condition when severe weather hits, and to ensure that no damage is sustained when it does.

Inspections are recommended after severe storms (hail, wind, ice, etc.). And if a major project has taken place where the roof was used as a work platform, a roof inspection can also determine if any damage was sustained.

Call 319.363.2073 today to schedule your next roof inspection!