Roof inspections are a way to assess the roof’s condition. An experienced professional can help you save time and money by identifying potential problems and recommending solutions to prolong the life of your roof. The last thing you want is an emergency that results in unplanned high costs for repairs or replacements.
It is important to inspect your industrial or commercial roof regularly before any disasters strike. What should an inspector look for when inspecting a roof? How thorough should you inspect the roof? What are the most common problems found in ceilings across different parts of the country? These are the most pressing questions. Ask a trusted roofing contractor for more information about maintaining your roofs.
What to look for during a Roof Inspection.
The primary purpose of a roof inspection is to identify any signs or leaks. How often inspections are needed will depend on the roof’s location and weather conditions. Another important factor to look at when diagnosing leakage issues is your home’s drainage system. The roof should allow water to drain at least three feet from the structure. Stains on ceilings are a sign of roof leaks.
To detect moisture leaks, professionals can use ultraviolet (UV), lights to inspect the roof. If mold growth is observed, it could be a sign that roof leaks have been left untreated for a long time. This allows mold spores to grow and spread quickly. How often your roof should be inspected also depends on its age.
The likelihood of a roof needing attention is greater the time it has been without being inspected or maintained. Insufficient insulation is a common problem that rooftop inspections reveal. Roof insulation’s effective R-value (a measure of thermal resistance) will be affected by the materials used. Fiberglass, for example, has a higher R-value than other materials such as cellulose. A crumb rubber roof coating may also act as an insulation. You should inspect your attic to ensure that you have adequate insulation.
Checking the Structure of Your Roof
Another aspect of a thorough inspection is determining how heavy your roof can support. Roofs of any type can be affected by accumulations of snow or ice. Roofers can check the structural components of your roof with a hammer.
To determine if repairs are required, they might use sound-level meters. Nail pops, or missing nails, should be taken seriously as they could indicate that your roof may be at risk due to weak fastening. An industrial or commercial roofing contractor will inspect metal flashing to make sure it is flexible enough to move with the other materials beneath without cracking or breaking. Metal flashing that curls can indicate it is becoming brittle and should be replaced.
Also, the inspector should inspect for signs of deterioration in asphalt, concrete, and clay roofing tiles. Cracks in these materials could indicate that your roof’s exterior is in dire need of repair or replacement.