Compared to residential roofing systems, commercial roofs can be more of a challenge to care for due to their sheer size and lack of slope. With that in mind, one of the best ways you can care for a commercial roof is by keeping up with its regular inspections with the aid of a roofing contractor. Unfortunately, some building managers often aren’t sure where to start.
In this post, Exterior Source shares four tips you can follow when inspecting a commercial roof to determine how much preventive maintenance it will need, beginning with:
- Inspect the Roof Penetration – If your commercial roof has penetrations like pipes, drains and other components, make sure to have them inspected as often as possible since these penetrations are highly susceptible to leaks. If your professional determines that the penetrations are damaged, have them repaired as soon as possible.
- Inspect the Drains – Commercial roofs often have field drains so water can be directed away from the commercial roof. With that in mind, make sure to have these drains cleared as much as possible to prevent ponding water that can cause leaks or structural damage to your building.
- Inspect the Roof’s Surface – Roofing experts also recommend that you inspect the overall surface of the commercial roof. Make sure to look for any holes, cracks or fastener back-out that can compromise the integrity of the roof’s membrane and structure, which can eventually lead to leaks and sags. While you’re at it, make sure to remove any debris that can retain moisture or puncture the membrane as well.
- Inspect the Sealants – Include inspection of the sealant and caulking on your agenda when examining the commercial roof with your professional to spot any cracking, openings, and deterioration. This is because sealants often need to be repaired and they can help prevent leaks around your roof’s penetrations and perimeter flashings.
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