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November 29, 2021

Commercial Roof Inspection For Potential Problems

With so many different types of commercial roofs on the market, it can be difficult to determine how well-maintained your property's roof is and what kinds of problems might arise in the future. A wide variety of factors come into play when inspecting a commercial roof, including drainage, shingle quality, age, and slope. For more information on commercial roof inspection, read our guide below.


1. Drainage

Check if your roof drains away from the building by looking for erosion at the roof's edge or watermarks near windows and door frames. If there is no visible drainage system present – or if the drainage system does not work correctly – this could lead to water damage in your building, which can be costly to fix.


2. Shingle Quality

When looking for commercial roofs for damage, make sure you inspect the quality of shingles. Ensure no water is trapped underneath the shingles, which can signify other structural problems that may affect the roof's integrity.


3. Age

In commercial properties that have been standing for a long time, there is always a risk that the roof has become worn out and should be replaced. In this case, you will want to look at the age of your roof to determine whether or not you should invest in a new one. Older roofs are more likely to have problems that lead to further damage, so it's important to inspect them carefully.


4. Cracks Or Tears In The Field

A thorough commercial roof inspection of the roof field is also required. Because of any debris discovered, you must find any signs of crack or tears in your roofing system before structural damage occurs.


5. Leaks And More

When inspecting a commercial roof, it's important to look for more than just leaks. Roofs can deteriorate over time due to weather damage and poor construction, so if you see any of the following problems, be sure to mention them: dirt and moss on the surface of the shingles, curling and broken shingles, missing shingles, and rust on the drain spouts.


6. Edge Detail

During the roof inspection, they will examine the edge details. All of these edge materials should be tightly secured and terminated. If they aren't, a professional will need to confirm anything loose to close gaps that allow elements inside.


If you encounter any of these problems or have questions about your roof, contact SouthShore Roofing & Exteriors. We can inspect your business's roof for free and help determine whether any serious structural issues need to be addressed immediately.


Check out our guide for more inspection advice, including tips on choosing a contractor.

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