If you’re a property manager, part of your duties may include inspecting the building for deficiencies – and the roof is a major item on your To-Do list. While it’s always a good idea to have a Dallas-based commercial roofing expert provide you with a free commercial roof inspection, there are some things you can check yourself.
Commercial Roof Inspection Guide for Property Managers
You’ll probably inspect the roof of each building you manage twice a year – that’s the recommended frequency. Here’s what you need to know before you grab a ladder and head up:
- Safety is paramount.
- Low-slope roofs are different from conventional roofing systems.
- You need to document each inspection.
- Get repairs completed ASAP.
Roof Safety Tips for Property Managers
Your safety is the most important part of a roof inspection – no matter what. Follow these tips to stay safe:
- Never inspect a roof when it’s windy.
- Never walk backward on a roof.
- Don’t get closer than 6 feet to the edge, unless there’s a guardrail in place.
- Watch for skylights.
- If you suspect the roof’s integrity is compromised, call a professional – don’t inspect it yourself.
Low-Slope Roofs vs. Conventional Roofing Systems
Low-slope roofs have a waterproof membrane that prevents water from seeping in and damaging the building. You have to look for pooling water (standing water can compromise the roof’s integrity) and while you’re up there, look for stains that indicate water has pooled in some spots before. As you walk around, check for areas that feel “spongy.”
Conventional roofing systems also have a waterproof membrane, which is installed on top of the insulation. Signs that the roof is failing include blisters, ridges or ripples, an alligator-skin pattern or cracks in the membrane. If the roof is made from PVC, check the seams to ensure they’re welded properly, and look for splits or punctures in the membrane.
Document Each Inspection
Carry a digital camera with you during every commercial roofing inspection you perform. Take notes, too, so you don’t miss anything when you write up a report to document your findings.
Get Repairs Completed ASAP
As roofs age, they degrade. The sooner you catch a problem, the less expensive it is to fix – and the less likely you are to have a catastrophic failure on your hands. As soon as you discover a problem during a commercial roof inspection, it’s important to call a professional who can fix it.
Do You Need a Commercial Roof Inspection?
Unless you’re extremely knowledgeable about commercial roofing, it may be best to leave these types of inspections to the professionals. We’ll be happy to come to the properties you manage and perform in-depth commercial roofing inspections at no cost. We’ll also identify any issues – structural or otherwise – that could compromise the roof’s integrity and provide you with a free quote for repair or replacement.
Call us at 214-994-5339 in Dallas or 972-446-5959 in Carrollton to schedule your free roofing inspection today.