Having an idea on which parts of your roof are most vulnerable can help you find roof damage earlier. Keep in mind that there’s an order to inspecting these parts. Kirtley & Sons Roofing, one of the top commercial roofing contractors in the state, recommends following this five-point routine for preliminary inspections.
Gutters and Drains
You should first check a residential roof’s gutters or a commercial roof’s drains, both of which form part of your roof’s first line of defense against moisture. However, they can be easily clogged by foliage and all sorts of debris.
Water from clogged gutters can spill onto your roof. Or, in the case of commercial roofs, clogged drains can cause pooling water. Left unattended, standing water might find its way to the roof’s underlayers. That’s why you should clean your gutters and drains every day.
It would also be a good idea to check for leaks in your gutters and corrosion in the drain’s strainers. See if water is flowing to the end of the downspouts, or the strainers are still working properly.
It’s not uncommon for building owners to place HVAC units on top of the flat roof. Check if the condensation from the unit is draining properly.
Unless you have a flat roof, you should avoid walking on your roof. The shingles might break if you step on them, not to mention you can hurt yourself while inspecting the roof surface. It’s better to leave comprehensive roof inspections to professional contractors.
If you have a flat roof, keep an eye out for any gaps or punctures in the roofing membrane. Keep in mind this is only a preliminary visual inspection. Early signs of roof damage are easy to miss, but an experienced contractor can pinpoint them.
Flashing and Roof Joints
While you’re checking the surface, make sure to check the flashing near the roof edges. These pieces of metal cover gaps in roof joints but are the most vulnerable part of a commercial roof.
Any Other Defects
Lastly, you should check for other defects or underlying issues. Routine inspections are necessary if you want to prevent roof damage from worsening. But it’d be better if you can prevent damage from happening in the first place, which is why residential and commercial roof maintenance is a must as well.
To ensure your roof undergoes a comprehensive inspection, only hire experienced roofing contractors. Looking for a contractor near your area?
Kirtley & Sons Roofing offers a wide range of residential and commercial roofing services, including commercial roof installation services. To get a free estimate, call us at (281) 371-6776, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Tomball, TX.