Commercial properties are usually larger than residential ones and can be a lot to maintain them if you don’t keep on top of ongoing issues...
Add to that, if you do have a flat roof on your commercial property it is very hard to see visible signs of damage…but don’t let that be the reason it falls into disrepair. My recommendation? Get a bi-annual checkup by a professional roofing company up there. Most major repairs and expenses can be avoided by scheduling your maintenance appointments before the issues start!
Here’s what you can expect from a commercial flat roof inspection:
-Debris and safety review: Licensed roofing professionals should first perform a debris and safety review to ensure that your commercial flat roof is free from any unnecessary obstructions and meets all local safety requirements and regulations.
-Visual inspection and roofing membrane review: You should get a visual inspection to ensure your commercial flat roof is in good condition and will also ensure your roofing membrane is operating like it should.
-Inspection of sheet metal flashings: An inspection of the overall roof and also the sheet metal and flashings that are particularly vulnerable to damage. It should be checked to make sure it is performing properly.
-Plumbing, electrical and HVAC stacks review: There’s a lot going on up there on the roof, so hiring experienced roofers who know the ins and outs of commercial roofing is crucial.
-HVAC equipment and ducting Inspection: Heating and cooling a big building is a big job, and it is not always easy to see if there is any an issue with any ducts or equipment. All this should be checked however.
-Drainage systems Inspection: Wet weather means commercial is particularly susceptible to drainage issues. If your commercial flat roof is collecting water and in need of repair, the sooner it is discovered the better.
Avoid the need for a full commercial flat roof replacement by keeping up with your inspections each year. At Class Eh! Roofing we would be glad to be of service for all your roofing needs.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!