Important Elements of a Commercial Roof Inspection
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It is always a good time for a commercial roof inspection. It can identify problems with your property’s roof before they cause major issues such as expensive repairs and damage to equipment and belongings. A roofing inspection is one of the most cost-effective tools for building owners.

At General Roofing, our inspections are designed to be convenient and detailed. We recommend you schedule inspections regularly so you can stay ahead of any potential problems and improve the life expectancy of your roof. Going too long between a professional inspection can leave your building exposed to roof leaks and other problems.

Common Roof Problems to Look Out For

  • Leaks
  • Moss buildup
  • Broken Gutters – This can cause siding rot and even wash away landscaping.
  • Cracks – Changing temperature causes your roof to expand and contract, which leads to cracking.
  • Critters – Birds and other animals living on your roof may cause damage and should be removed.
  • Ponding water

Ponding water can cause the following adverse effects on the roof membrane:

    • Deck deformation/deflection
    • Roof surfaces damage
    • Algae and vegetation growth which causes clogged drains
    • A buildup of dirt, debris, and other contaminants

How do I know if my building needs a roof inspection?

If you observed leaks in your building or brown stains on your ceilings and walls or noticed any of the issues listed above, then it is best to immediately contact your local commercial roofing company and request a roof inspection.

What to expect in a commercial roof inspection?

Don’t be surprised if the inspection begins inside your commercial building. The roof inspector will look for signs of recent water leaks in the form of stains and even the presence of mold or mildew. If water is already leaking into the interior of the commercial property, the inspector will determine where the water is originating from by checking the exterior for additional damage. Inspectors typically look for signs such as:

  • Holes in the substrate
  • Pooling of water
  • Exposed nails or other hardware
  • Damaged shingles
  • Cracked sealant
  • Blisters

If the inspection doesn’t uncover problems, you can feel confident about the roof’s condition for another year or so. However, if the damage is found, the inspector can create a plan of action to either repair or install a new roofing system.


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What to do next after you receive a commercial roof inspection?

A qualified roofing inspector will make recommendations and go over the options that make the most sense for your property’s needs. The inspector will identify all the major problems. The solution should fix all of the identified problems and make sure that water will not penetrate your building. The solution should be cost-effective and restore the quality of your roofing system.

How often should I inspect my roof?

Commercial roofs should always be inspected at least twice a year! Spring and fall are the best seasons of the year for a roof inspection. By doing this, you can be sure that your roof will be ready for extreme weather and temperatures that come with the winter and summer months.

How much does a commercial roof inspection cost?

At General Roofing, we perform free inspections in the California Bay Area. Contact us today for your next roofing inspection or more information.