Regular roof inspections are vital to the longevity of a roofing system. Here are a few tasks that you should include in your commercial roofing’s preventive maintenance program.
Clear Out Debris
Leaves, twigs, gravel, dirt and all kinds of debris should be removed from your building’s roof. Look out for moisture as well, and make sure water doesn’t remain on your roof for more than two days. Otherwise, this can potentially result in mold and algae growth. Ensure the drains in your roof are working.
Check the Roof Surface
During a visual inspection of your roof system, you should particularly look for holes, cracks or areas with missing gravel or exposed felt. Ensure the roofers fix any damage they find so that bigger, more serious problems can be avoided.
Check the Roof Penetrations
These include drains, pipes and other components protruding through the roof surface, which are often susceptible to leaks. Don’t forget to take a look at the HVAC units, vents, gas lines and pipe boots, too.
Check the Sealant
Typically, the signs of sealant or caulking issues are cracking, opening, crazing or deterioration. Sealant issues are commonly found around penetrations and perimeter flashings so pay closer attention to these areas.
Watch Out for Leaks
Be on the lookout for leaks. Even minor ones can eventually lead to extensive damage so fixing them immediately is highly advisable. Make sure that small defects are repaired as well since these can sometimes evolve into major roofing issues.
Kidd-Luukko Corporation offers a variety of services, including roof replacement, roof inspection and storm damage repair. We also have expertise in gutters, skylights and chimney pointing. Call us at (508) 799-9500, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Hartford, CT, Springfield, MA, and Providence, RI.