Spring Roof Inspections Deliver Big Returns

Every season presents its own unique challenges, but none is more harsh on your buildings’ roofs than winter. While most people believe it’s the deep freeze periods that do the most damage, but it’s actually the freeze-thaw cycles that wreak the most havoc on your roofing. Given that the roof protects all of your building’s other assets, it’s crucial to assess the effects of winter on your roofing once spring arrives.

Winter, particularly near its beginning and end, can bring rapid temperature swings of 15 to 25 degrees, taking membranes from a soft, flexible state to one that is rigid and brittle. Water can work its way into the smallest locations. When it freezes, it expands, making small cracks larger and many other small problems worse.

The repetition of the freeze-thaw cycle tests the viability of your building’s roof, especially if it already has a number of years of service behind it. Aging roofs tend to be less flexible, and are much more susceptible to any stress. It’s critical to keep a close eye on these roofs to ensure they perform their protective function as long as possible.

In addition to the ravages of the freeze-thaw cycle, we often find a significant accumulation of debris when we perform springtime roof inspections. Some of this may be left over from the previous autumn, and it can clog drains, leading to ponding and all of the potential problems that go with it:

  • excess weight on the structure
  • water backing up and exceeding low equipment curbs
  • water leaking through worn, tired or split flashings at the perimeter or projections

Because of the numerous competing responsibilities most building owners and managers deal with on a daily basis, many resort to the old “wait till it leaks” approach to roofing. Unfortunately, by the time a leak reveals itself internally, there has likely already been significant and expensive damage to the roof system. A roof can leak for weeks or months, soaking large areas of insulation before it’s noticed inside the building. The easier and most cost-effective way to manage roof assets is to regularly monitor and maintain them, saving money and extending the life cycle. Having all of your roofs inspected by a professional roof consultant is a great start. Spending a little today can save a lot tomorrow.

What to Expect from a Spring Roof Inspection

A spring roof inspection is essential to assess the status of your roof assets in the wake of winter’s damaging effects. A professional roof consultant knows what to look for and what to do about it when he finds an area of concern. Here’s what you should expect from a spring roof inspection:

  • Visual walk-over of the entire roof area, looking for wind or ice damage to the roof field
  • Focus on critical components and potential problem areas like perimeter and projection flashings, gutters, drains, and adjacent building fabrics such as windows and masonry walls
  • Infrared scan on compatible roofs (recommended every 2-3 years) to identify andy areas of wet insulation
  • Evaluate where each roof sits in its life cycle and advise the building owner or manager on options for extending longevity, or instituting budget plans for possible future projects

The relatively low cost of a spring roof inspection delivers a significant, measurable return on investment by identifying and remediating small problems before they become larger and more costly. A simple roof assessment allows you and your budget keep up with the ravages of winter and protect your valuable assets for the long term.

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