When to Inspect Your Commercial/Industrial Roof

July 29, 2014

A roof inspection should take place on a regular basis to prolong the life of the roof (just like changing oil in your car every 3,000 to 5,000 miles). Routine inspections extend the life of the roof through early detection of problems and by limiting deterioration.

Routine Inspections

There are several factors to consider when determining the frequency of scheduled roof inspections. Use is one of them. If the roof is used for a work platform, inspections may be required up to four times a year. If the roof is used for weather protection only and has limited foot traffic, fewer inspections are probably sufficient.

The age of the roof is also a factor. Newer roofs may only require one or two inspections a year and an older roof that has reached its roof life (or has extended beyond) may require more inspections.

Inspections should take place before and after the seasons with the most severe weather, usually in the spring and fall. Consider hurricane, tornado, and monsoon season when scheduling routine inspections. 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.

As-Needed Inspections

Inspections are also recommended after severe storms (hail, wind, ice, etc.). Minor damage during one storm can result in major damage during the next weather event. Environmental debris blown onto the roof during high winds can collect and prevent proper drainage of the roof.

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. Rooftop workers often unintentionally cause damage to the roof. The most common cause of damage is from people.

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