If you are a business owner, it shouldn’t be a stressful chore to have your roof inspected. While roofing problems can be costly and troublesome for running businesses, working with the right contractor can make the process easy.
Knowing what the commercial roof inspection process is likely to entail could also take some of the guesswork and anxiety out of commercial roof maintenance. In any case, it always pays to educate yourself as to building services like roof inspections. To that end, we put together today’s post that will shed some light on the commercial roof inspection process so that you can learn a little something about what to keep an eye on and know what your inspector does.
What is the Average Cost of a Roof Inspection?
First of all, don’t expect to pay similar prices for a commercial roof inspection as you did when you got your residential roof inspected. Commercial roofs are typically more extensive, and your contractor will most likely be charging you by the square foot.
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of a commercial roof inspection ranges between $200 and $500. Of course, the price increases depending on the size of your roof.
What to Expect During a Commercial Roof
Firstly, it is imperative to have your commercial roof inspected regularly. Experts recommend that you have your commercial roof checked once a year. Secondly, it’s essential to know what a contractor will be looking for when inspecting your roof so that you can learn to keep an eye on the same things.
Of course, if you are not a certified roofing contractor yourself, you should never take the task of roof inspection upon yourself completely. But knowing some warning signs and having come insight into the inspection process is always helpful. Here is what your contractor will be looking for:
- Interior Leaks: Most contractors will begin their inspection on the inside of your house. They will be looking for leaks or signs of water damage. Exactly where the water ends up inside your home is usually a good indicator of where the leak originates.
- Debris Buildup: Sure, you can always expect some leaves and twigs on the roof. But debris buildup can tell an experienced roofer more about the condition of the roof. A buildup of debris in one section of your roof may be indicative of sagging or other problems. In any case, the contractor will typically clear the waste from your commercial roof so he/she can see if there are any problems underneath.
- Pooling Water: Your contractor will undoubtedly be on the lookout (and you should be too) for pooling or ponding water on the roofline. Having a puddle here or after that, a storm isn’t necessarily causing alarm. But if you have water pooling for more than 48 hours after a storm or wetting of some sort, you may have a problem on your hands. If they see puddles, they may ask you how long they’ve been there. It helps to go up on your roof every once in a while and take a look around.
- Faulty Flashing: The flashing around the breaks in your roofline (chimneys, piping, HVAC units, skylights, where the roof meets another wall, vents, etc.) can begin to fail, especially if it’s ancient. Your contractor will undoubtedly keep an eye on flashing, checking for rust, corrosion, cracks, or any other types of damage that can cause leaks.
- Perimeter Damage: You may notice that your contractor begins along the perimeter of your roof and works inward. That’s because the edges of your roofline are much more susceptible to damage – especially from the wind. Your contractor will be on the lookout for uplifted seams, curling shingles, and loose nails.
- Damaged or Clogged Gutters: Your gutters play a crucial role in your overall commercial roofing system. So any contractor worth their salt will take a close look at your gutter system. Clogged drains can lead to complete roof failure in extreme cases, but it can cause undue stress on the roof, even in mild cases.
- Core Samples: Your roofing inspector may want to take a core sample from your roof. A core sample is an actual piece of your roofing material that the inspector uses to analyze the age of the roof, substrate material, water damage (if any), and the number of roofing layers.
Your Commercial Roofing Experts
Here at Midsouth Commercial Roofing LLC, we are commercial roofing experts. We specialize in every aspect of commercial roofing maintenance, installation, and repair – including quality inspections. Your roof is too important to leave to chance. Call us out for an in-depth inspection now.