Your roof is important at any time of year, but it is especially important during the severe weather season. Don’t let a roof problem cause a major business headache.
Annual commercial inspections are an important part of the process of maintaining the integrity of your roof.
While you may notice problems with the roof of your business, there are likely more problems that you can’t see. To prevent such hidden problems from growing into major issues for your building, experts recommend you have annual commercial inspections.
The inspections will determine whether there are issues that need to be addressed.
As with other business activities, you should keep a record of all roof inspections. Such records may also help with insurance claims.
Why Is the Roof Being Checked?
The structural stability of your roof is vital to the health and safety of your building. Because you can’t see most of the small problems, you need a professional to ensure everything is well maintained.
While you may be able to spot obvious problems with a roof, a licensed inspector will be able to identify issues before they become obvious.
They can find a problem long before the next major storm causes the roof to leak.
It may be easier to notice a leak during a storm, but it’s better to identify a potential leak before that storm arrives.
Regular commercial inspections can identify smaller problems to be repaired quickly before they turn into major repair issues.
If you wait until there’s a major problem, you will likely need to close your business during repairs, which will cost you more in lost revenue.
Identifying roofing problems early will prevent repair costs that might break your company’s budget.
It will also give you peace of mind that your building is safe and secure in the event of a major storm that could otherwise disturb business operations.
You should plan on performing an inspection at least once a year to ensure proper maintenance.
However, some might recommend more frequent inspections of the roof. The inspection may not find any problems each time, but it will provide you with a plan to keep the roof in good working order.
Note that general home inspectors are not usually trained to conduct such inspections, which is why you need to hire a licensed professional for the job.
What Will an Inspector Check for?
An inspector can check for anything during commercial inspections, but there are a few things related to the roof that you should expect to get checked.
You and the inspector should check whether the roof has any active guarantees that may affect future repairs. A guarantee may be voided if a contractor does not follow the details, such the materials that should be used during repairs.
A professional will perform structural and material inspections, as well as interior and workmanship inspections.
An expert’s checklist will include:
- Debris on roof
- Attic conditions
You can check for some of the items on this list.
Clearing debris and checking drains are easier if your commercial property has a flat roof. However, for safety’s sake, it is better to have a professional take care of everything.
The inspector should also check for damage to roof features, including:
- Fall Arrest Anchors
After the inspection, the roofing expert will make recommendations that may not require immediate repairs.
In some cases, you may only need some routine maintenance, such as clearing debris from the roof or trimming nearby trees.
Routine Roof Maintenance
Your roof has an age limit and you need to know what it is.
Consider that it is exposed to the elements every day. Extreme weather can wear it down.
Also be aware that different roofing materials have different lifespans.
While you cannot avoid replacing your roof over time, you can prolong its life with routine maintenance. Routine maintenance in conjunction with regular commercial inspections can extend the life of your roof from 13 years to 25 years or more.
Roof maintenance depends on the time of year, and we have some advice for it during winter, such as clearing the gutters and drains.
There are also some ways to prevent damage during severe weather.
The type of maintenance your building requires depends on whether you have a sloped or flat roof. Each type of roof has its own typical problems of which to be aware.
However, you should perform your own inspection following any major storm and schedule a follow-up with a professional to ensure your roof did not sustain damage.
If you notice a leak, you can check the roof and may be able to repair the problem yourself.
Finding a Contractor
If problems are discovered during commercial inspections, you will need to contact a licensed contractor. To ensure you hire the best available contractor, check our list of questions.
Most important on the list is checking references of local contractors and ensure that the company has general liability insurance.
Be aware that references are from other professionals.
They aren’t customer reviews.
Other things to consider when choosing a contractor include:
- Years in business
- Liability & insurance policy
You can use the TDLR site to search & verify licenses in Texas.
You should also review any active guarantees you have on the roof with the contractor to ensure none get voided in the repair process.
Visit the Texas Department of Insurance for more information on insurance for contractors and fraud.
Why You Should Schedule Annual Commercial Inspections
You shouldn’t wait until you have noticeable damage to get repairs to your roof. Inspections will prevent minor problems from becoming urgent and more expensive to fix.
To learn more about inspections and other roofing services, contact SPSRoof. We can assist with repairs and advice and even provide estimates for any business in Texas.