Routine maintenance inspections of your roofing system should take place at least twice a year: in the spring and the fall. The fall inspection is important to ensure that it is ready for the inclement weather of the winter months. Here are some areas that should be reviewed during the fall inspection.
All edge terminations, pitch pans, stacks, curbs and other penetration flashings should be inspected for proper adhesion and visible signs of cracking or wear.
Drains must be kept free of all debris: bottles, sticks, leaves, nails, screws, dead birds – whatever. A proper-sized leaf grate will help prevent drain clogs. Commercial grade push brooms can be used to sweep leaves and other matter away from drainage paths. Additional drain inspections may be needed in areas with heavy foliage to keep the drains running clear throughout the year.
Parapets should be inspected for deteriorated coping, cracked or missing mortar joints, and any signs of compromise. Always remember to practice safe inspection routines near any roof edge. Keep in mind that some roofing systems can be slippery due to frost, morning dew, rain, snow, etc.
Roof tie-ins should be inspected for proper adhesion between the different roofing systems. Sealants used for completing the tie-in should be examined for cracks, splits, or gaps which could allow water penetration.
Rooftop units should be inspected for missing or unfastened panels and properly functioning condensate lines. These situations can produce moisture within the building that is commonly and mistakenly believed to come from roof leaks, which can lead to unnecessary costs and aggravation.
Debris/Snow and Ice Removal
If at any time a shovel is needed for removing debris or snow, a plastic scoop shovel be utilized to minimize the risk of damage to the roof. A metal shovel or plastic with a metal edge has sharp edges that can snag on plates/fasteners, seams, etc., and create a hole in roofing membranes. If removing ice from the roof, you should use an ice melting product (such as salt) rather than chopping or trying to break up the ice, which could possibly damage the roof.
If, during your roof inspection, you find an area that needs attention, please contact us. We’ve been serving our commercial roofing customers with quality, integrity and value since 1986.