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Tips to Find and Fix a Leak

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Roofing leaks are the most common roofing problem as a result of wear and tear or weather changes. Sadly, many people do not realize they have leaks until it is too late. If you notice any water damage inside the building, chances are you have a leak. Tracking the source of a leak can be challenging, so you should call a roofing contractor to help. Once you know where the leak is, repair is not as challenging.

Tips to Find and Fix a Leak

If you think you have a leak, the first place to check is any penetrations, such as vents, ducts, or dormers. These are common places for leaks to start. Check the building for water stains, mold, and black marks. If you notice these, you likely have a leak and need to contact a roofer to inspect the property and repair any damage. Some leaks can be tricky to find. A professional roofer can find these by soaking the roof with water and watching for leaks on the inside. In some cases, the drips or water appear far away from the actual leak. This is common in roofs where plastic vapor barriers are installed within the insulation. A roofer will be able to move this aside and find the smallest leaks that could be hiding from your eyes.

  • Check the vents: Plumbing vent boots can be made from plastic, metal, or both. Plastic can crack and metal seams can open, so the vent boot is a good place to start looking for any leaks. Any broken seams or cracked plastic pieces should be replaced immediately before serious leaks happen. When you are replacing the broken or cracked vent, you should replace all nails with screws as these interfere less with the roofing material.
  • Dormers: Water can leak from above the roofing, especially if the weather is severe. Cracks in windows, dormers, and siding are all possible and will allow water to reach the inside. Before calling a roofer, check the edges with a knife to identify any leaks. The caulk will need to be replaced by a roofer if any cracks are found.
  • Flashing: Most buildings have flashing installed where the walls intersect the roof. Flashing helps to move water away from the roof and with time they can rust, weaken and allow leaking. If you see any damaged or rusted flashing, it needs to be repaired immediately.

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Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections

 

It is becoming more important for property owners and buyers to ensure their roofing is in top condition. It is pretty easy to detect a damaged roof but identifying a roof with only subtle aging is much harder. Given that replacement roofing can be very expensive, it makes sense to identify problems before they get out of hand. When it comes to buying a building, you can use the resurfacing of the roof as a negotiating item when it comes to pricing.

The most common types of roofing systems are tar or gravel and they are used in numerous commercial buildings. Gravel is a concern because it requires regular maintenance as the gravel needs to be re-distributed often to maintain even coverage. Any uncovered or exposed surfaces can be easily damaged by the sun and other elements. Additionally, ponding, which results from framing issues at the time of construction, can be a huge problem. Blocked roof drains can also allow ponding of water so be sure to keep your drains free of debris and objects.

Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections

Any building inspection should involve of a detailed roof evaluation and this is usually done by an inspector walking the roof to observe the surface closely. There are, however, a few circumstances where it is not safe for an inspector to walk on the roof for inspection:

  • Steep surface not safe for footing
  • The surface is too high to access with regular ladder
  • Roofing is showing signs of deterioration
  • Presence of ice, snow, moss or moisture that make the roof slippery
  • Roof with tiles that might break with foot pressure

The sellers of the building can also order the inspector to stay off the roof. The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) wants to ensure that property owners and potential buyers are aware of the importance of good roofing. To stay on top of the matter is in everybody’s best interest.

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Commercial Roof Maintenance Checklist

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Proper maintenance of your building’s roof is essential for the safety of the occupants and to ensure longevity. Extensive damage that is not taken care of can result in structural damage to both the interior and exterior of your building. The best way to avoid these costly damages is to perform annual inspections. You can look over your roof initially to identify any trouble areas, but ideally, you need to hire a professional to thoroughly inspect for serious and underlying problems.

Most people do not realize that much of a roof’s damage comes from the inside so checking the condition of the attic is essential. Make sure all insulation is in optimal condition and repair or replace any areas that need upgrading. Humidity can become trapped in a poorly insulated attic, and this leads to structural damage to the roof and building interior. Adding additional insulation is also a great way to prevent humid air from collecting and lowers your energy bills.

When it comes time to look at the exterior roofing, there are a few key things to look for. Should you notice any problems such as those listed below, contact a professional roofer to come and perform a full inspection. These are troublesome signs that you need to bring to a roofer’s attention right away:

  • Broken or curled shingles, especially around the edges of the roof where they are more prone to lift and wear
  • Buildup of debris along the surface and at the edges or gutters, which can interfere with proper water drainage. Pooled water causes leakage into the interior of the building
  • Look for moss growth which could indicate the presence of rot below the surface
  • Cracking or missing sealant along the vents, skylights and flashing
  • Blistering of materials, which indicates insulation problems as well as material defects
  • Loose, broken or missing shingles will leave exposed spaces and should be repaired or replaced right away

If the repairs are small such as repairing missing or broken shingles, then you can likely handle this yourself. For any more extensive damages or wear, you need to bring in a professional to conduct an additional inspection. Often a complete roofing replacement is needed and this is best left to us. Call us today if you notice any roofing problems and we will perform an inspection and offer the best solution for you.

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Checklist For Professional Roof Inspection

(Adco) Checklist for professional roof inspection

Every homeowner should regularly inspect their roof. You need to be prepared for there to be damage sometimes that your untrained eye cannot see. If you have concerns about your roof but do not notice any obvious signs of damage, schedule a roof inspection. A professional is the best way to make sure your roof is secure.

If you notice that your roof is leaking or you see water damage it is important to find out the cause and extent of the damage right away. In particular, after heavy storms, you want to check for leaks and damage. Even though you are capable of identifying some damage, there might be more subtle causes that you miss such as shingle deterioration, rot, and improper flashing. Additionally, if you are not used to climbing tall ladders, then this is not a job you want to take on. Falls from ladders account for 43% of deaths according to the CDC. You need to consider hiring a professional.

An accredited roofing company will have the knowledge and experience to thoroughly inspect your roof and assess any damage. They will also provide a quick and simple report of what you need to do next, which saves you time and money. There are a number of key factors that will be part of any roofing inspection.

  • Obvious signs of damage: Roof inspections look for visible deformations in structure as well as any dirt or debris that may have built up. They look for standing water and damaged gutter systems as these are all in need of immediate attention.
  • Exterior components: The chimney, vents, decking and drip edges need to be looked at to make sure there are no missing components or rot. Leaks form easily around chimneys and skylights and if left untreated, they can cause severe damage to the underlying materials. This will end up being a much costlier repair.
  • Visit the attic: Without regular maintenance and inspection, the interior of a roofing system can be seriously damaged. Even when you see signs of water damage, the actual cause can be located in an entirely different area. The longer the roof goes without inspection, the more damage you are likely to have, so all interior and exterior parts need to be thoroughly checked.

Getting a Reputable Roofer

It is extremely important that you hire a reputable and experienced roofer. There are ways to avoid roofing companies that may be running scams so you want to take this seriously. Always ask to see the business license up front and do some research on the company. You can check with the Better Business Bureau as well as look up testimonials. Any trustworthy company will be able to show you their license and insurance paperwork without question.

We are fully licensed, bonded and have years of experience and happy customers. You can have any references or testimonials you need and we are listed in many local and national databases as a solid recommendation for your roofing needs.

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Skylight or Sun Tunnel Pros And Cons

(Adco) Skylight or Sun Tunnel Pros And Cons

 

Everybody would like a room that is filled with natural light. Installing a sun tunnel or a skylight is a good way of adding the natural light without too much renovation. Before deciding which option to go for, you should first understand the differences between the two.

Skylight

Features

Formerly the available skylights were the dark bubbles and leaky inserts. In the 1960’s the skylights available were the dripping skylights with an evolution to acrylic bubbles skylights in the 1980’s. Manufacturers have come up with new designs which provide buyers with a huge variety of no-leak, energy-efficient skylights and by just touching a button, you can ventilate a room.

The current skylights can also be used in corporation with solar blinds as a way to improve energy efficiency. These blinds can either be operated electrically or manually and are available in numerous varieties of light blocking or light diffusing materials.

Benefits

Skylights are directly attached to your building’s roof and allow ventilation and sunlight to reach all the areas where you need light. Skylights tend to provide some warmth which in turn helps to cut of cost spent on lighting, cooling and heating the building. Additionally, this will add space to your building by freeing up space which would be occupied by temperature controlling devices. The market as well offers some skylights which open, thus releasing humidity and hot air and allowing fresh air to get into your building.

Concerns when it comes to installation  – Cost of installation

During installation, the cost differs according to the glass type and skylight size you go for. Additionally, as you install skylights, some other common requirements include framing alterations, paint, and new drywall all need to be considered. Although this may sound costly for the owner of the building, skylights are a great investment for your building as they can last for up to 2 years. Within those 2 years you will not need artificial lighting, so you can save in the long run.

Sun tunnel

Sun tunnels can be defined as tubes made from metal sheets, whose inside is polished.  It works like a mirror which alongside its length, channels light all while keeping the intensity of light preserved.

Features

The sun tunnel on the roof is capped using a plastic globe which is weather resistant, and the tube ends in the ceiling’s diffuser of your building directly below. This diffuser resembles a recessed or portable light. It is the globe which gathers light which is then spread out by the diffuser into your rooms.

These tunnels are like tubular skylights which capture light during the day and then distributes the light to the building areas which other traditional skylights cannot typically reach. Such places include bathrooms, laundry rooms, dark hallways, and closets. In addition, these sun tunnels occupy very small roof space and also minimize summer heat gain as well as preventing loss of heat during winter season.

Benefits

Also called tubular skylight or sun tube, this is among the most recent natural lighting trend. These tunnels strictly serve the purpose of allowing natural light into the building.  They cannot be opened to allow for ventilation. Sun tunnel installation is very easy and they are often used in specific building projects known commonly as green projects.

Concerns when it comes to installation

Compared to skylights, this is a more economical option of naturally bringing light into your building. Typically installation costs are lower than installing a skylight. However, if your sun tunnel is to extend to several floor levels from the roof, you can expect the installation cost to increase. Compared to electric lighting, sun tubes produce less heat, so the savings on energy achieved through reduction in electrical lighting dependency exceeds incurred installation costs.

Considerations while choosing the best option for natural lighting

Natural light comes with several health benefits which are associated with getting regular fresh air and sunlight exposure. SAD condition is linked directly to insufficient light. Therefore, before making the choice of which one to go for, consider the following things:

  • The heating potential of passive solar.
  • Accessibility of the convenience controls as it should be very easy.
  • Over heat control and also control of produced interior light.
  • The glass’ glazing level for energy efficiency and visual comfort.
  • Cost to be incurred during installation.
  • Energy efficiency whether it will conserve energy hence reduce on energy costs.
  • The overall style and quality of the channel.

In conclusion, remember that whether your choice is sun tunnel or skylight, you will want to hire a professional for installation. A professional will have the necessary experience and will know how to repair any current problems as well as install the new skylight or sun tunnel. Both of the two can bring natural and warm light into your building and will benefit you and your wallet in the long run.

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How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds?

(Adco) How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds

 

Whether your region experiences moderate gust or sustained winds, any high winds can cause havoc to your building’s roof. While most roofing systems are built to withstand common wind events, sustaining little or no damage, it’s the less obvious cracked, missing or damaged roof shingles, flashing or tile that actually causes the biggest problems during the next rainstorm.

Additionally, repeated exposure to high winds can create stress points on a roof, and over time, this can compromise the whole roof structure. Aside from age and missing pieces, another less obvious reason why commercial roofs can get overwhelmed during rainstorms is due to poor workmanship from a previous roofing contractor.

Nonetheless, regular maintenance and replacement of your roof is vital to prevent subsequent water damage as well as the high fuel costs that will inevitably result from a roof system which is not working as it should.

Damaging effects of the wind

High winds do not hit your roof evenly across the surface. The corners, edges of the roof and the ridge lines are more prone to wind pressure and damage, compared to the center of the roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association, NRCA (//www.nrca.net) asserts that most wind damage to a roof begins on the edge. The wind can get under a corner or small piece of the shingle, curl it or rip it off completely, leaving your roof exposed.

Another danger of high winds to your roof is “lifting.” Your shingles or tiles might look intact from the ground, but high winds coming up over your roof can create a suction effect and lift the shingles upwards, loosening the nails holding them into place. Once your roof is exposed, water can start leaking into the building, which can destroy your property. However, you can avoid roof destruction from high winds by ensuring that your roofs, specifically the materials on the edges, are robust and secured in place.

Flying Debris and Tree Damage

At times debris blown around by the wind ( tree branches, shard of glass, lawn decorations, garbage, deck furniture, etc.) can be more damaging to your roof than the wind itself. Falling trees and branches, in particular, can puncture, gouge, and scratch your shingles.  So, be sure to cut or trim any trees overhanging your roof before any storm, or high winds get the chance to hit it.

Checking for wind Damage

1) Perform outdoor inspection

In case there was any roof destruction after a windstorm, you should be able to spot “curling” shingles, cracked, torn or missing shingles on your roof or around your building. If the damage is localized and covers less than 30% of the total roof structure, you can arrange for roof repair. However, if the destruction is more than that, you might need a complete overhaul of your roof.

Aside from the roofing, keep in mind that the chimney, gutters, ventilation pipes and fencing can also become compromised so be sure to inspect them for damage as well. If you suspect your roof is damaged, here’s a list of what to look out for;

  • Flashing: look to see if the chimney flashing is torn, split or buckled along roof penetration
  • Soffit and fascia: look for decay and stains
  • Composition shingles: look for curling, loss of granulation, or missing shingles
  • Wood shake: Look for mold or decay and splitting or curling
  • Roofing cement: presence of excess cement and crumbling indicates roof damage
  • Gutters: Look for excessive shingle granule in the gutter, leaky seams and missing section
  • Chimney: loose, leaning or missing flashing may indicate roof damage

2) Perform indoor inspection

Some of the indoor signs to look for include moisture marks, yellow/grey stains, and peeling paint. You can also check the attic for leaks and damp rafters. Finally, if you experience a sudden surge in your energy costs, this could also be a sign that your roof ventilation is compromised.

3) Call an expert

Getting on your roof is not recommended, particularly after a windstorm.  You should call professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to properly and safely conduct a professional and thorough inspection.

Steps to take in case your roof is damaged:

In case your roof is damaged by the wind, it’s crucial that you seek professional help as fast as possible. First, you avoid further destruction to your property; remember the longer you wait, the more damage will occur. Roof replacement/repair is much cheaper when you do not have to add the cost of repairing the leak or water damage. And if you have insurance coverage for your property, you can contact your insurance provider to assess the situation and determine whether you should file a claim.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Always tread with extreme care when choosing a commercial roofing contractor. Like any other industry, the roofing world is also full of sham roofers who do not keep up their word and are out there to fleece gullible property owners. It’s always recommended that you go with locally based roofers who have a history of being in business in one location. Additionally, they should provide you with their business licenses, certification and should help you with your insurance claim, should you need one.

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Signs That Indicate Roof Damage

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Roofs are prone to deterioration, and factors such as hail, sun and wind are known to cause problems. Understanding the signs to look out for will enable you to notice signs of roof damage. Here are what to look for:

Rain

Normal rainfall cannot damage the roof unless it has already been undermined by other adverse weather conditions. In case the shakes or shingles are damaged, water might find its way through the cracks and holes. On the other hand, heavy downpour might wash away the granules, impairing the shingles.

In case your roof was designed poorly or some areas are inverted or flat, the pooling of water on the rooftop might spike potential problems. Surprisingly, an inch of rain water has an equal effect on the roof as that of five pounds on the roof. An average roof is designed to withstand an average of 20 pounds of weight. That means that it can only stand four inches of water; in case more pours on it, the roof might collapse.

Winds

Roofs are made to withstand tension and weight by disbursing it over the rafters or trusses. When tough winds hit the roof, they will not do so uniformly. Instead, their major effects are felt at the corners and edges. As the winds grow stronger and hit harder, the roof will weaken eventually thus allowing it to heat beneath the roofing material. In case the insulation parts are exposed, you will start noticing leaks that will eventually damage the house.

 

Roof damage from hail

Hail can be either destructive or harmless, depending on how severe the storm will be. In case the hailstones are too large, they might knock off granules from the shingles. The result is faster deterioration of the shingles over time, and might cause leakage. The pounding could also compromise the membrane that lies below the roofing material. That makes the whole roof to be more prone to water damage.

Excess heat

If part of your roof is metallic, you ought to consider the effects of excessive heat on your roof’s stress points. As the metallic parts are heated by the scorching sun, the panels will contract and expand. This results in excessive stress on the fasteners and seams.

Solar panels

With time, solar energy has become a popular option. However, solar panel installation might cause stress to the roofing system such as the shingles, rafters or sheathing. Installers are thus advised to stick to manufacturer’s instructions and directions. Discuss the implications of the installation before choosing to have the panel installed.

Tress and debris

It is possible to notice when a tree hits your roof, but you might never realize when branches and small twigs fall on the rooftop. The small debris slide off without leaving any evidence on the roof. Whenever any material falls on the roof forcefully, it might damage it. The damage is bound to fasten your roof’s deterioration. This leads to leakage and other issues with time.

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Article is courtesy of Roofers Essex

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10 Most Common Rooftop Safety Hazards

10 Most Common Rooftop Safety Hazards

It is everyone’s responsibility to look after their own health and safety and that of others when they are working on a roofing project. Making sure that you are aware of any potential hazards is a good place to start as once you know that these hazards are then you can start to think of ways to avoid them. Here are the 10 most common rooftop safety hazards:

Stability Of The Roof

If the roof is unstable then there may be risk of collapse under a persons weight. The roof should always be checked before more than one person goes up there.

Placement Of The Ladder

Most roofing accidents occur because the placement of the ladder is incorrect. The feet should always be secure and the top of the ladder should be tied to the roof if practical.

Weather Conditions

Shingles on a roof can become slippery if it has been snowing or raining and this can make falls more likely. Snow can also add extra weight to the roof. If the roof is too wet then any work should be postponed until the weather conditions have improved.

Holes In The Roof

The roof should always be checked for skylights that have not been covered up or holes of any other kind. Falling through the hole in the roof could cause serious injury and is something that can be easily avoided by carrying out a few simple checks.

Losing Awareness Of The Edge

It is easier than you think to lose awareness of where you are in the roof and falling from the edge can lead to fatalities. Even the most experienced roofers can lose track of where they are on the roof and find themselves stepping too close to the edge on occasion and so it is important to take a moment every now and again to stop and think about exactly where you are.

Improper Training

The training that you undergo before you start working on roofing jobs will teach you all you need to know about staying safe when you are working on a roof. If the training has not been up to standard then it may be harder to keep yourself safe as there may be important safety elements that you have not been taught and are therefore unaware of.

Improper Use Of Equipment

You will need safety equipment before you go up on the roof to help protecting you but you will not get the benefits of this protection if the equipment is not used properly. Common mistakes that are made when using safety equipment include the lanyard being too long and the tie off point being too weak.

Poor Line Of Sight

There are many things that can block your sight when you are on a roof such as chimneys, ridge vents, and even other workers. Maintaining a good line of sight is important so that you know where you are in relation to the edge of the roof and so you can see any other potential hazards that may be on the roof.

Pitch Of The Roof

Greater care will need to be taken on roofs with a steeper pitch as you will be more likely to fall on a roof like this than you would on a flat roof. There is also more danger from falling shingles on a sloped roof so you will want to make sure that all shingle bundles are properly secured.

Split Level Roofing

Split level roofing brings more safety concerns because it is possible that the highest point of the house is further off the ground than on a single level home. There is also a greater chance of falling from the side of the roof as these areas are unlikely to have any kind of barrier that could prevent the fall.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) needed whenever you work on a roof and it is vital that this is used correctly. If an accident did occur and there was a problem with the protective equipment then the consequences of this accident are likely to be more severe. If you are unsure about how to use any piece of PPE then you should ask someone to help you. PPE is there to help you but you also need to take some responsibility for your own safety.

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How Infrared Technology Can Resolve Roof Issues – Thermal Roof Inspection

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A commercial and industrial roof is subjected to extreme heat and moisture. It’s important to point out that a commercial roof replacement project is one hefty cost that cannot be taken lightly by building owners. Fortunately, an experienced commercial roofing contractor can check and critique the insulation under the membrane of the roof with ease. This exposes viable cost-effective solutions for building owners.

The wavelength length of thermal or infrared energy is extremely long. This is the primary reason why this light cannot be seen by the human eye. Scientific studies have proven that the wavelength of thermal or infrared energy is part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is considered as heat. Thermology excels when it comes to recording the thermal or infrared radiation with the aid of an infrared camera.

According to Adco’s Infrared Moisture Analysis, an infrared camera can pick up infrared energy and transform it into an electronic signal within a matter of seconds. The electronic signal is carefully processed to create a sharp thermal image on a compatible video monitor and compute precise temperature calculations. It’s worth mentioning that infrared cameras have sensitive sensors called “bolometers”. Bolometers are designed to scan infrared and produce a picture that can be seen.

Some people are under the impression that they are looking at temperature readings when they look at the image. However, they are actually looking at a representation of the thermal radiation on the surface. It’s critical for one to know the difference!

Extensive training is essential when it comes to helping a commercial roofer recognize false indications. Having a deep understanding of the science is the key to taking advantage of this impressive technology. Commercial roofing contractors (like ADCO ROOFING) will use an infrared camera to interpret roof conditions and share their knowledge with building owners.

The Advantages of Infrared Technology

  • Locating Wet Insulation

Wet insulation can is costly because it increases monthly cooling and heating bills. It also weakens roof materials. It’s not unusual for some commercial building owners to suffer from thousands of dollars in repairs due to wet insulation. IR technology can detect wet insulation, and a thorough roof survey can point out the damaged areas that should be replaced.

  • Detect Moisture

The powerful rays of the sun can help us detect water trapped in a roofing system. The concept of heat capacity plays a vital role in the process. Water heats up slow when compared to other substances, and it holds heat for a longer period of time. When the sun rays heat up the roof, water is slow to heat when compared to roofing material. The roof can be inspected at night because water cools off slower than the roof.

  • Finding Leaks

It is challenging for any commercial roofer to find leaks in a newly installed roof. For instance, leaks can take place below the outside intrusion point. This could be hundreds of feet below!

The law of physics points out that water is not immediately absorbed by polyisocyanurate insulation. It could be easy for detect roof moisture, but the challenge lies in finding the source of the leak.

  • Quality Control

A commercial roofing contractor can inspect the roof after a job is completed to make certain that water has not infiltrated the roof system during the project. Missing this crucial step will only cause problems for the building owner. Experienced contractor can lower or eliminate callbacks by checking for bad seams. Everything can be detailed with video recording, infrared imagery, and digital photography.

At ADCO Roofing, we are committed to surpassing our customer’s expectations. Our polished technicians will inspect the roof thoroughly before employing our advanced infrared technology. For example, we will do a thorough walkover before using our equipment. The walkover offers many safety advantages that cannot be ignored. They uncover rotting areas and many other safety hazards that pose a serious risk.

Visibility is important when it comes to inspecting a commercial roof. This is the main reason why inspections are conducted before it gets dark. This helps us focus on the housekeeping of the roof. From our experience, you are bound to see significant damage if you spot poor housekeeping.

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Perfect Time For Preventative Maintenance On Commercial Roofs

Preventative Maintenance On Commercial Roofs

The only way you can be sure that your roof is doing its job all year long is to schedule periodic inspections which will lead to proper maintenance and repair. A great time to pencil in the needed inspection and maintenance is during the fall months. The hottest months of the year are gone, and you may experience lots of rain coming your way in Los Angeles. The roof is ready to reveal any weaknesses, structural damage, or other issues that may impair its performance as we move into winter.

Timing Your Roof’s Inspections

The roofing industry suggests that commercial roofs be evaluated twice yearly, and fall fits into that schedule very well. Your commercial roof has taken a beating over the hot summer months. The sun’s UV rays, winds and debris from trees and structures on the roof have taken their toll.

Fall is the time to investigate whether routine maintenance will take care of the problem of if a more intensive set of repairs needs to be done. Taking the time to complete these steps rewards you with a well-functioning roof that will last for many more years.

Consult A Professional

Best practices and outcomes indicate that you need to have an inspection completed by a licensed roof contractor in Los Angeles. Although you could give your roof a once-over visually, roofing experts are trained to look for the signs that indicate a roof is damaged, aging, or failing because of improper work earlier in its lifespan. Be sure the roofing company you engage is familiar with commercial roofing issues, which can be very different from residential roof problems. ADCO Roofing in Los Angeles has extensive experience with commercial and industrial roofing systems.

What To Expect

  • Interior Evaluation

Do not be surprised if the contractor starts the inspection inside your building. The best indicator of a failing roof is often found within workspaces, storage areas, and other areas of your business. What the inspector looks for is any indication that water has found a way inside. He or she will scan carefully for staining of walls and ceilings, buckling of floors, mold growth anywhere, and any standing water or puddling.

  • Exterior Evaluation

Once the interior has been viewed the roofing contractor will spend time on the roof itself. The waterproof membranes will be inspected foot by foot, looking for any obvious penetrations or more subtle signs of water incursion, liked pooling or sagging spots. The inspector will check all seams, flashings, and fasteners, mechanical or adhesive, for missing parts, improper application, or wear and tear.

The edge of the roof can show its age faster than other areas, so the inspector will take time to view it all around the building, looking for any breaks, notches, wear, or other damage that could be letting water enter the building.

If penetrations or worn areas are found the inspector will determine whether they need repair or a more major tear-out and replacement procedure. The biggest concern in the fall is to get your commercial roof ready for the cold and rain that is just over the horizon. Your roof protects the building’s insulation, and any waterlogging of that material means the insulation cannot do its job. Your premises will be harder and more expensive to heat, and the comfort of your staff, clients, or customers will be affected adversely.

  • Repairs And Cleaning

Once the issues are identified, a reputable commercial roofing contractor will make the repairs and complete the maintenance necessary. You want this done before the rainy season so that all is set and ready to go to get you through the winter into spring. A quality roofing contractor will also be certain to clear all debris from the top of your roof, either from the repairs and maintenance, or just the normal deposits from trees and structures in the area.

You will not be disappointed in the results of a carefully planned commercial roof evaluation. The peace of mind you receive is worth the expense, and you definitely will avoid major costs down the road if you arrange for this to be done regularly.

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