Properly maintaining a commercial roof can extend the life of the roof, of course. However, a well-maintained roof can also prevent interior damage to the building, too — since it can help reduce the chance of water damage or environmental exposure. One of the most challenging aspects for a building owner or manager is trying to determine when a roof needs professional care or repair. We’ve put together a commercial roofing checklist to help you determine when you need to call us for roofing maintenance. Use this list when conducting a self-inspection, and you’ll better understand when it’s time for professional assistance.
Checking for damage or the need for repairs on your commercial roof begins inside the building. Certain roofing issues will be apparent from the inside. Here are a few signs to look for inside your commercial building:
- Sagging: If the ceiling sags, this is a sign that water is leaking into the building. A sagging roof is on its way to becoming a leaking roof.
- Dark Spots or Water Damage: Is your paint job looking old or dingy too fast? If you have ceiling tiles, are there yellow or dark spots? These are early signs of water damage, often caused by a leaky roof.
- Natural Light Leaks: Turn off your interior lights in the daytime and look up. Can you see any sunlight peeking through the ceiling? The appearance of light is a sure indicator of roof or tile damage.
Exterior Roofing Checkpoints
Inspecting the exterior of your commercial roof can be more of a challenge. You may wish to call a maintenance firm and schedule a yearly inspection — this will keep you safe and make sure nothing is missed. Whether you do it yourself or have it inspected by a pro, here are a few clues that signify roof damage:
- Gutters and Downspouts: These should be clear and free of blockage. Clogged gutters may mean that your roof is taking the brunt of each rainstorm.
- Damaged or Missing Shingles: Missing shingles are not something you should ignore. These are the first line of defense to protect your building.
- Shingle Residue: Shingle residue in the gutter or on the ground is a sign of excessive roof wear.
- Mildew or Mold: Mildew and mold on the roof can be a serious problem. However, sometimes all the roof needs is a good cleaning.
What About Different Roof Types?
Each roof type has individual signs. Think about the material your roof is made from and watch for these issues:
- Tile: Broken or cracked tiles need to be replaced.
- Wooden Shingles: Look for signs of termites or other wood-boring insects.
- Asphalt Roof: If there are multiple layers, your newest one needs to be 10 years old or newer — to assure it remains insurable.
Once you have gone through this checklist, if you see areas that need repair or have more questions than answers, reach out to Premier Works. We offer all types of exterior facility maintenance. Our experts have skills ranging from roof repair to brick repair to painting — and many other services. Call or contact us today and let us help you keep your building in good repair — now and for the future.