The Basics of Roof Inspections
Often times building owners balk at getting roofing inspections. After all, most owners take roofs for granted until you experience roof damage that results in a leak. That being said, even paying a little bit of regular attention to your roof can go a long way towards preventing roof issues.
Roofs are crucial to your building because they are essentially your first line of protection. Your roof protects your building and everything in it. It protects your property from potential rain damage and it takes a beating in various ways through the seasons. Exposure to these harsh elements can take a toll on your roof over time. This can lead to a deterioration of materials. Thus, the quality of materials used and the quality of the initial installation can be a very important factor. Getting routine roof inspections can help to ensure that your roof is effectively maintained and that you are able to prevent early roof damage from spiraling out of control. Repairing smaller problems now can help you avoid dealing with more expensive problems in the future or even requiring a completely new roof installation.
As most reputable contractors, we fully recommend you get at least two professional inspections per year ideally once in the spring and once in the fall.
Do I Even Need A Roof Inspection?
Yes, routine roof inspections can be one of the best lines of defense towards preventing future roof repair. By having your roof routinely inspected, you will be able to become aware of issues that could impact the structural integrity and the performance of your roof. More specifically, you will be able to answer a lot of questions about the overall condition of your roof with a proper inspection including:
• Has the roof been properly installed?
• Has the roof suffered damage from a recent storm?
• What is the overall condition of the roof and how long is it going to hold up?
• Is the rook leaking at all?
• Does the roof need any repairs?
What’s Involved With A Roofing Inspection?
A proper inspection of your roof from a professional would include both an interior and an exterior evaluation of it.
Below, we will be going over the three basic steps that a reputable roofing contractor will take for a professional inspection:
Step 1: Inspecting The Interior
The first step involves inspecting the interior of your building. This includes everything from the ceilings to the walls.. During this inspection, they will be looking for evidence of potential hail, wind, or water damage which have resulted in leaks. A leak can be an obvious sign that your roof has sustained damage and that it needs immediate repair.
Step 2: Inspecting The Exterior
From there, the contractor will look around your building’s perimeter. They will be noting everything from the location and the state of the gutters, vents, and even the flashing points. Likewise, the siding of your building will also be checked to see whether or not it shows signs of water stains, dents from hail impact, or any indication that your roof is causing issues.
Next, the contractor will head up to your building’s roof in order to figure out whether or not it has sustained damage. The contractor will look for all of the common roofing issues such as having damaged, bent, broken, or cracked shingles, tiles, shakes or any damage to your metal or flat roofing materials. Likewise, they will look for any instances of granules in either the drainage system which can be a major indicator that your shingles are starting to wear out and are in need of replacing if you have a shingled roof. They will then look at and evaluate the overall condition of your ventilation, check for moisture levels, and check your insulation.
Step 3: Inspecting The Drainage
The overall condition that your drainage system is in will be noted. They will look to see whether or not there are issues with the installation that could be causing it to not work properly, if you have debris buildup in them, or even if the material is beginning to deteriorate. The contractor will be noticing whether or not you have missing sealant, damage found in any gutters, or if there are any signs pointing towards the drainage system being structurally damaged.
Always Hire A Professional for Your Commercial Roof Inspections
As a building owner, you might be able to walk around the property and inspect for obvious signs of roof damage, a professional will have the necessary experience, expertise, and tools to do it properly. They know exactly what to look for and they can identify obscure problems that aren’t too noticeable including subsurface damage. After all, not all roofing problems are completely obvious to spot. They will be able to properly evaluate and diagnose the state of your roof and provide you with all of the information you need.
If your roof is old or hasn’t been properly inspected in a long time or you have obvious roof damage or symptoms, call Armadillo Roofing and Exteriors right now. We have over 17 years of professional experience in both residential and commercial roofing and we can handle all sorts of repairs to your commercial roofing and drainage system.
Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663, provides commercial roof repair, commercial roof maintenance and commercial roof inspection services you can trust to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities and has been providing commercial roofing services to the area for over 17 years.