How to Do a Roof Inspection

Your roof is your facility’s first line of defense against extreme weather. When business owners and facility managers trust their roofs without inspecting them, they could end up with big problems including structural deterioration, mold development, or damaged insulation. The solution? Regular, comprehensive roof inspections.

When inspecting your facility’s roof, look for the following:

  • Fractured caulk or rust spots
  • Buckling, curling, or blistering shingle tiles
  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Cracked rubber seals around vent pipes
  • Moss and lichen, which could be a sign that a roof is rotting from the inside out.

If you find piles of debris from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, that’s a sign of a much bigger problem; check the age of your roof to determine if it needs to be replaced.

DIY Inspections VS Professional Inspections

Most people can spot an obvious roof problem (missing shingles, interior leaks, etc.) without having to climb up on the roof. Other types of damage, however, require close-up inspection by a trained eye to detect. That’s why it’s generally a good idea to get a professional to look it over for you periodically.

If your facility’s roof is older than 10 years, hire a trustworthy roofing contractor to come out and inspect it. If you suspect your facility’s roof has been damaged, call the property’s insurance carrier first. Depending on the policy, the needed repairs may be covered. If your insurance covers the repair, they’ll handle the inspection scheduling.

Want to know more about roof inspection? Call MaintenX today!