When it comes to caring for your commercial building, you can't afford to forget your roof. You may think that the simple inspection you give your roof each time you sneak a peek at the top of your building is enough to catch a glimpse of potential damage, but that's not the case. In fact, to fully protect your roof, and your commercial building, you should be scheduling an annual inspection. Here are just four of the issues an annual inspection will identify.
When you think of roof problems, rust probably isn't the first thing that comes to your mind. In fact, you might not even realize that rust can pose a threat for your commercial roof. However, rust can be a big problem, especially where the flashing is concerned. If you have metal flashing on your roof, and it's showing signs of visible rust, there's a good chance that there's damage below the surface. Once the metal flashing begins to rust or corrode, it's no longer able to keep moisture away from the wood substructure that lies below. Unfortunately, that means your roof is at an increased risk for leaks.
If you haven't taken a close look at your commercial roof lately, you could be missing the algae that have taken root. Algae can be a big problem for commercial roofs, especially if the problem is allowed to get out of control. In fact, algae growth could be hiding damage that can undermine the structural integrity of your entire roof. That's particularly true if the algae have caused the deterioration of the roofing material that lies beneath the unsightly growth.
When it comes to age damage, you can't get a good determination without a closer inspection. That's because some age-related damage is difficult to see from ground level. For instance, some roofs begin to crack and peel as they age. Unfortunately, cracking and peeling reduce the effectiveness of your roofing material. The best way to identify age-related roof damage is to conduct a thorough inspection from atop the building.
If you're like most people, you can't tell if your roof is leaking from a ground-level inspection. To properly identify leaks, you need to know what you're looking for - and where to look. For instance, if your building has an attic, that's a good place to check for potential leaks, which is why your roof inspector will inspect that area.
Make sure your commercial roof is in tiptop shape. Schedule a professional roof inspection as soon as possible. To learn more about roof inspections, contact a company in your area like Moriarty Roofing & Sheet Metal.