You Need a Roofing Inspection : 4 Reasons Why
In our daily lives, we go through preventive measures such as yearly doctor’s appointment or a dentist appointment, even though we don’t go to the extremes unless a problem occurs. It can be looked upon as a gamble, should you go and prevent something bigger from happening in the future, or should you save money and not go? Depending on how you look at things, it can be an advantage to take preventive measures.
On the other hand, it can be seen as a hassle while you can save that money for something else.
When you are out of luck however, things won’t end well. The same goes for roofs. Many building owners don’t get regular roofing inspections, which can lead to even bigger issues. We have four reasons why you should inspect your roof on a regular basis:
1. Fix the Small Problems First
Roofing problems don’t happen overnight unless you’re caught in a severe storm. Bigger problems could be brewing however, no matter how innocent it may look. Things like a leaning pipe can puncture the roof and start leaks. Hiring an expert who knows the early signs of these innocuous details can prevent issues before they really start.
If you found a leak, more than likely the structural damage is done and there could be damage to equipment and mold. It will take more time to correct a situation if the problem has already progressed.
Leaks on a flat roof, for instance, can travel laterally, going into stealth mode of where the real beach is.
2. Warranty Protection
More than likely your roofing warranty requires annual inspections, or at least bi-annually. If you are unable to prove you have done these inspections to a professional roofer, you run the risk of having the warranty voided. Be sure to read the fine print.
3. Adjustments Made Along the Way
Besides finding small problems that can turn into larger ones, you can find out if you’re doing more harm than good inadvertently. On the top of a building for instance, if an inspector finds excessive wear, you can take action by installing walkways in busy areas and limit other areas.
Using a sign in sheet for employees that go in and out can help you keep track of how often employees are on the roof. If you find you are having constant roof top visits due to other issues, it may be time to figure out of it’s cost-effective for you to replace your rooftop equipment or face potential roofing repairs. There could also be a chance you will discover structural damage based on design, allowing you to make adjustments and necessary changes.
4. Losses Can be Avoided
Replacing a roof is already expensive, but the related costs can add up quickly. You can suffer lost sales, unhappy customers and delays if you have damaged inventory. Internal structure damage to the flooring for instance, can result in a business stoppage.
If your downtime is too long, you run the risk of your whole enterprise being shut down. Shutdowns can put a dent in a high-profit margin business, leaving you distraught.
Catching small problems now can save thousands of dollars and future headaches. In the end, an inspection expense is worth it if a small issue is found, that could have turned into a bigger issue.
Typically in the fall and spring, two inspections per year should happen to ensure a healthy roof. Especially after a major weather event, inspect the roof. Be sure to read your warranty carefully and comply to all requirements.
If you think missing an inspection won’t void your warranty, think again. Follow your policy obligations perfectly to avoid any future problems. Look into your equipment and other parts that are attached which are supported on the rooftop, as those are covered by warranties too, even if they have different rules. Research insurance company requirements and make sure you are in compliance of all the rules, even though different insurance companies have different obligations to be met.