Whether your commercial roof is close to the end of its life and you want to preserve it or you simply want to ensure your new commercial roof lasts as long as possible, it is important that you perform regular inspections—in addition to the inspections that a professional commercial roofing contractor will perform—in order to detect any problems with your roofing system. In doing so, you will be able to locate any problems so that you can avoid costly damage. There are three main components of your roof that need to remain in good shape in order to avoid additional damage and expensive repairs later down the road.
1. Roof Flashing
There are several locations on your roof where roof flashing is installed. Made from metal, flashing is installed around the entire perimeter of the edge of the roof in order to secure the roofing materials. In addition, you can find the metal flashing around any equipment that has been installed on the roof, such as the HVAC system. If you notice any gaps in the metal flashing, then it could lead to a problem with roof cover during extreme weather such as rain, high winds, and snow. The gaps in the flashing could allow water intrusion, which could then result in leaks and the growth of mold.
2. Roof Surface
During your inspection of the roof, make sure to look at the surface of the roof for any visible signs of damage like bubbles or cracked seams. If there are any blisters or bubbles in the roof's surface, it could indicate that there is moisture or air trapped between the roof's membrane and decking. If you ignore this, the problem could worsen, leading to a much more severe and costly issue. As for surface cracks, the problem is similar to that of damaged flashing—water could enter into the building.
3. Roof Leaks
Granted this one isn't really a component of your roof, if there is a roof leak occurring, it has the potential to cause some serious damage to the inside of your commercial building. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep your eye out for any signs of roof leaks. Undetected roof leaks can lead to rotted wood decking or rusted steel decking, wet and moldy insulation, and more. To help avoid roof leaks, watch for ponding or standing water on your commercial roof.
If you have any questions about commercial roof inspections or routine maintenance, reach out to a commercial roofing company in your area.