Building a Commercial Roof Inspection Plan
A regular roof inspection program can help your business extend roof life expectancy and reduce the need for emergency repairs. Regularly inspecting and maintaining roof surfaces, drains and downspouts is critical to an overall building preventive maintenance program. Here are some steps to establish a roof inspection program that can help enhance the performance of your roof.
How to Build a Roof Inspection Program
1. After an initial roof survey, carry out regular inspections on a semi-annual basis.
- Pay particular attention to the perimeter areas of the roof and the flashings, where the roof and the wall intersect.
- In the spring, check for potential damage that might have occurred from severe winter weather and determine necessary repairs.
- In the fall, check for any preventive action required before winter arrives.
2. Conduct an inspection after any major storm or construction activity that might have caused damage to the roof.
- Begin the roof inspection inside the building.
- Inspect all interior walls and ceilings for signs of water stains, cracks and settling of foundation walls.
3. Systematically document all inspections.
4. Elements in the inspection should include, but not be limited to:
- Supporting structures;
- Roof covering condition;
- Flashing condition;
- Roof edging/fascia;
- Roof penetrations;
- Expansion joint covers;
- Pitch pans;
- Roof drains;
- Lightning protection systems;
- Evidence of standing water or “ponding.”