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How to Know When Your Commercial Roof Needs Inspection

It’s no secret that roof replacement is a costly matter that can seriously put a dent in your wallet. Pushing off an inspection is comparative to you avoiding the doctor—you know you could have some problems, but you just don’t want to have to deal with them right now. But just like avoiding the doctor, avoiding a roof inspection could potentially only make problems worse for your commercial roof. Luckily, there are a few things you can do before calling a roofing inspector and avoid possible costs down the road.

Early Detection: How Often You Should Do a Self-Inspection

No matter where you live, your roof is going to come into contact with various types of weather and other potential roofing problems. Most of the time you can do a quick self-inspection of your roof with a pair of binoculars from the safety of the ground, but make sure you practice proper ladder safety if you need to climb up for a closer look. This should be done at least twice a year: once in the spring after winter snows have melted, and again in the fall after summer rains. If you suspect any issues, now is the time to get them fixed.

What You Should Look for when Self-Inspecting Your Roof

When performing your own basic roof inspection, Unlimited Commercial Roofing recommends looking for things like visible damage or debris, patches of moss, cracked or curling sealant, standing water (aka “ponding”), rust, blistering or cracking, and any other potential problem areas. You should also check for mold or mildew on the inside of your structure to spot leaks or weak points in the roof.

Spotting these problems early can save you money and more possible roofing problems down the road. Regardless, it’s recommended that you let a professional from Unlimited Commercial Roofing perform a proper roof inspection and assess the severity of any issues your roof may have.

Different Types of Roofing

Different types of roofs experience specific types of roofing problems. Whether it’s due to the nature of your business or simply different weather conditions, your commercial roofing system may not have the same issues as the next. Here are a few things to look out for when checking your specific roof type.

Flat Commercial Roofing

Without any gradation or sloping, your flat roof will be very prone to standing water and possible ponding. Make sure to look for any weathering wear that may form weak spots, holes, or even blisters in the roofing membrane, preferably after a rainy day. It’s good practice to also make sure your drains are clear of any blockages and to check flashings for any rust or fungus, since fungal growth can contribute to leaks.

Sloped Commercial Roof

If you have a sloped commercial roof, it’s possible that it is made from asphalt shingles, tiles, slate, or metal. Even if your shingles look okay from a distance, make sure you inspect them closely for any curling, bending, cracking, or blistering so they can be replaced immediately. If you catch damage early enough, it’s likely that only a few shingles will need to be replaced instead of having an entire roof replacement. Your older asphalt system roof may also be a great candidate for restoration.

Commercial Metal Roof

While commercial metal roofing is more low-maintenance and may not suffer from rot or other organic issues, checking for dents and cracks is just as important. Since metal expands under heat, check for any loose flashing or roof sheets that may have developed, especially after the summer. It’s also important to look for scratches, scuffs, or chipping to your metal roof to lengthen its lifespan and prevent further damage.

When to Have a Professional Inspect Your Roof

Any time you notice any of the above issues with your roof, it’s time to call in a professional roofing inspector. Do not risk further damage to your roof by trying a do-it-yourself fix that will likely cause more of a headache and hassle for you and your business. At Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we specialize in repairing and revitalizing commercial roofs throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania. Our roofing services are cost-effective and reliable, resulting in a truly leak-proof commercial roof that you’ll be able to appreciate for years to come. Contact Unlimited Commercial Roofing today for your free on-site roof inspection!