Routinely having your commercial roof inspected is an important factor in maintaining a structurally sound roof. Before you hire an inspector, it’s smart to research a few different options and see how they answer a number of important questions.
Ask the right questions.
1. What parts of the roof are you focusing on?
Focus on getting details about vulnerable areas of your roof. By concentrating on this question, you’ll have a better understanding of your roof’s weaknesses while verifying that the inspector is familiar with your commercial roof system.
2. Which commercial roof material are you experienced with?
EPDM, built-up, TPO, and metal are all popular materials for commercial roof systems. They all vary in their compositional makeup and provide unique sets of benefits. It’s important to double check that your roof inspector has experience with your commercial roof material before hiring for the inspection.
3. What is your protocol for emergency service calls?
Accidents and severe storms may cause extensive damage in a rapid amount of time, leaving your business dramatically compromised. Ask for specific details about how your inspector’s company handles an emergency situation.
4. How will you document the process and service history?
Ask the potential inspector how they plan on documenting the inspection process. Usually, commercial roofing inspectors will provide CAD drawings, aerial shots, or schematics detailing the roof’s condition. Forms of documentation are great tools for evaluating the roof’s overall condition and planning future roof decisions.
5. Will photo documentation of problem areas be provided?
After the inspection, it’s great to know certain problems are behind you. Unless you want a member of your own staff to climb on top of the roof after the inspection to double-check the work, ask for before and after photos. Roof inspectors should provide photo proof of damage and repairs.
6. How will you identify roof moisture?
Infrared technology is the latest technique to identify roof moisture and diagnose your commercial roof’s current condition. Infrared inspections find moisture not identifiable by the naked eye and provide a thorough evaluation of the roof’s surface and moisture content. If your inspector does not plan to perform an infrared scan, it’s a red flag.
Carefully review the inspector’s report.
After a competent commercial roof inspector completes the inspection, review the report.
A professional inspector will create a detailed report breaking down the status of your roofing system. The inspection report is incredibly valuable as it helps business owners plan for their roof’s future.
Review the report carefully and plan accordingly once you learn the details of the inspection.
A roof inspection report should detail the following:
- Inspection results
- Membrane and substrate analysis
- Infrared scan results
- Diagrams outlining problem areas
- Recommendations for repairs or replacements
- Costs for repairs or replacements
- Potential issues that may come in the future
- How many years the roof should remain viable