Flat roofs have pretty outstanding lifespans. No wonder they are so popular in commercial buildings. However, you also have to ensure there are no problems with your flat roof or that existing problems are dealt with immediately through regular inspections. You might be there wondering what your commercial roofer will be checking during the flat roof inspection. Below is a checklist detailing what happens.
Checking for Leaks
Roof leaks are a common nuisance with all roofing systems but are more prevalent on flat roofs due to water ponding issues that tend to push the roofing material downwards. Therefore your roofer needs to check for leaks, especially after you have recently experienced some storms or prolonged periods of rain. In addition, your roofer will check for signs of rusting on flat metal roofs as they tend to accelerate leaks.
Checking the Seals
A sealant is crucial to flat roofing membranes as they help create a watertight surface. At the same time, it protects the base flashing from deteriorating, eventually causing your roof to leak. In the process, the calking and tar may turn out less effective. So, it is crucial that your roofer checks for seals around all structural openings such as roof vents and plumbing collars to ensure the flashing is still intact.
Checking for Surface Deterioration
Apart from harsh weather conditions, your flat roof may deteriorate over time due to frequent foot traffic and the heavy equipment installed on the roofing surface. Some signs your roof's surface is degrading include punctures, blisters, and granule loss. Your roofer can identify this problem early enough for timely repairs through flat roof inspections.
Checking If the Drains Are Blocked
As time goes by, various types of debris will fall on your flat roof and later be swept down the drain by rainwater, leading to blockage of the drains. To keep your roof free from wastes such as leaves and branches, you should hire a roofer to check and clean your roof's drains while using snake cameras to ensure no debris is left behind.
Checking For the Presence of Mold and Fungus
The mold or fungus on your roof usually means you have undiscovered moisture problems. As they spread over your roof, they weaken various roofing parts such as the wooden structures and the membrane. You might also realize the foundations of the roof are badly damaged. Therefore during flat roof inspections, your roofer will eliminate these living matter.
You can keep your roof in tip-top condition through regular flat roof inspections. But, at the same time, it saves you from costly roof repairs.
Contact a local roofing contractor for more information.