It's Time to Get Your Commercial Roof Inspected

It’s Time to Get Your Commercial Roof Inspected

Your commercial roof is on the top of your property, but there’s a good chance it’s not on the top of your mind. If it is on the top of your mind, that likely means that something is wrong with it, which takes your attention away from your business. That being said, completely ignoring your commercial property’s roof until there is an issue can lead to costly repairs. Rather than ignore your commercial roof entirely or spending too much time agonizing over its state, you can work with your commercial roofing contractor to schedule regular inspections to make sure your property remains in good repair.

What is a Commercial Roof Inspection?

A commercial roof inspection is when a trained inspector surveys your roof for any signs of damages or potential issues. This includes evaluating the overall status of your roof, any of its attached components, and its water drainage. Your inspector will look for any signs of issues, including cracks, ponding, detached flashings, as small-scale issues such as these can become large and expensive repairs if left unchecked. To ensure that all aspects of your roof are thoroughly inspected, A-Line inspectors follow a 65-point checklist as a guideline to making sure no stone remains unturned.

Reasons for a Commercial Roof Inspection

The reasons for a commercial roof inspection vary, but all of them have the end goal of protecting your investment for the long term. One reason could be that the inspection is part of a preventative maintenance plan developed with your commercial roofing contractor. Your commercial roofing contractor will work with you to establish a schedule for inspections and maintenance based on specific attributes of your commercial property, such as location, weather patterns, surrounding foliage, and other factors that can potentially put your roof at risk.

Additionally, having your commercial roof inspected after a major storm, even if it doesn’t line up with your regular inspection schedule, is always a good practice. Thunderstorms, hailstorms, and other forms of severe weather can put your roof’s integrity at risk. These weather events can cause damages such as cracks, punctures, dents, pulled-up flashings, and more that will leave your roof susceptible to leaking. If not caught in the early stages, the moisture from these leaks can compromise your roof’s integrity, leading to partial or full roof replacements.

Your commercial property and its roof are an essential investment, and like all investments, you want to make sure they remain protected and profitable. Establishing a maintenance and inspection schedule with your commercial roofing contractor, and adding additional inspections after significant weather events, is a great way to ensure your roof is in top condition and give you peace of mind.

To establish an inspection schedule for your property’s roof, contact A-Line Contractors today!

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Hailstorms and your commercial roof

Hailstorms and Your Commercial Roof

Colorado has a notorious reputation for its nasty hail seasons. Located right in the heart of “hail alley,” the front range averages up to four catastrophic hailstorms every year. Over the last decade, hailstorms have caused over $5 billion in insured damage. Commercial properties account for a significant portion of this damage, often seeing damage to their roof’s integrity. This damage comes in many shapes and forms and can be hard to identify at times.

Here are some signs of damage you can look for after a hailstorm hits your commercial roof:

Dents to Flashings

One of the most common damages a hailstorm can cause is dents or cracks in the flashings. Flashings are the layer of waterproof material found around vents, exhausts, and appliances installed to prevent water from seeping into the gaps created by the connection points. Due to standing vertically, the edges of these flashings can often take quite a beating by a severe hailstorm. When the edges of flashings dent or crack, it can create a gap between the flashing and the appliance. This broken seal allows unwanted moisture to seep into your roof’s base layers, which can lead to leaks, saturated insulation, and other significant damages.

Blistering

Another common damage caused by hailstorms is blistering on the roof’s membrane. Hail can get as big as a softball and make an impact at speeds as high as 100 mph. This dangerously hard impact can dent your roof’s membrane, causing a gap between the membrane plies. This gap can fill with moisture or air, causing it to spread throughout your roof, pulling up the membrane layer, compromising its integrity, and causing accelerated deterioration. This deterioration of your roof’s membrane can accelerate the path to roof failure, leading to a total replacement!

Puncturing

As mentioned previously, hail can reach relatively large sizes and fall incredibly fast. Depending on your roofing type, this impact can outright puncture its surface. In most cases, these damages are quite easy to catch, as they often take the form of a visible hole or slit in the membrane of your roof. These holes should be addressed immediately, as an open gap in your roof’s surface can lead to a large-scale leak quickly, which can lead to damages to the interior of your building.

Hailstorms can come suddenly without warning and cause a multitude of damages to your property. While all these damages can have serious consequences, the effects can be severely mitigated if caught in the early stages. That is why it is crucial to schedule an inspection of your roof as soon as possible after a major hailstorm.

Contact us today to discuss how A-Line Contractors can help you prepare for an incoming hailstorm.

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