The Do’s and Don’ts of Commercial Roof Self Inspection

Periodic roof inspections, if performed by professionals, increase the life of any roof system. In this way, as owner or manager of the building you can find out about potential damage in time to do the repairs promptly and save significant sums of money.

In addition to the intervention of professionals, however, which usually happens at an interval of 1-2 years, it is not a bad idea to keep an eye on your roof by performing your own visual inspections, at certain intervals. Even if you do not have the experience of a professional Fort Collins commercial roofing contractor, you can still identify certain obvious defects.

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When a flat roof is damaged or nears the end of its life span, it begins to “talk”. The bigger the damage or the older the roof, the more infiltration may occur and the higher the repair costs.

Inside the building, the most visible signs of potential water infiltration through the roof are: stained walls/ ceiling, broken/ missing masonry, damaged mortar, unsealed joints, damaged concrete etc. The roof membrane can also show obvious signs of damage: peeling edges, rips, air bubbles underneath, ponding water etc.

Do not attempt to repair the roof on your own! Inspecting it visually is one thing and repairing it is another thing. Most commercial roofing warranties are very strict about performing roof repairs and, if you do not hire a professional roofer for the job, you risk canceling them on accident.

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