How Property Managers Can Make the Most of a Roof Inspection

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How Property Managers Can Make the Most of a Roof Inspection

As a property manager for your Austin-area commercial property, your time is precious. You may be getting in earlier than everyone else and staying later; still, not all the work gets done. So when you schedule commercial roof inspections with your local partner in roofing, how do you make the most of that time? There are two keys to accomplishing this task: preparation and cooperation.

Preparation

Prepare for semi-annual commercial roof inspections by keeping careful records before and after each inspection. By building a trusting relationship with your local commercial roofer, you can feel comfortable sharing your own documentation at the time of the inspection:

  • Records of visitors to the roof, including the number of people on the roof at one time, where they went, and their reason for working on your roof
  • Photographs and documentation about any new rooftop installations, such as new HVAC units, satellite dishes, window-washing equipment, or signs
  • Warranty information from the manufacturer of the roofing material
  • Records of previous inspections
  • Documentation of previous repairs or trouble spots that seem to crop up repeatedly
  • Notes about current concerns

 
The other preparatory step you and your facilities crew can take is to lightly clean the roof. With proper safety tethering in place, address:

  • Ponding
  • Wind-borne debris
  • Rooted vegetation
  • Debris-clogged internal drains and parapet scuppers
  • Trash left behind by unwelcome rooftop visitors

 
These all can be easily and safely dealt with by your building crew. This light cleaning saves time and allows the professional roofing contractor to concentrate on more serious issues.

Cooperation

Walk the roof with your contractor’s representatives during commercial roof inspection. Be attentive to their observations and document what they find. A good commercial roofer will prepare a written report with photographs, and possibly a diagram or two, but you should keep your own notes.

Give the inspection crew the time they need to complete their work. Do not rush semi-annual commercial roof inspections, because they are your first line of defense against water infiltration. The small investment in inspections can extend the life of your roof, so pay attention to recommendations for minor repairs, dealing with trouble spots (commonly, around internal drains and at attachment points for rooftop structures), and waterproofing.

Trusting a local roofer with thorough commercial roof inspections can keep your building healthy and safe. Contact Quality Roofing today to learn how our semi-annual inspections can help your building, without taking up much of your valuable time.

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