When’s The Last Time You Inspected Your Roof? In West Texas Weather… Do it Every Year.
It’s sad, but true. Most homeowner’s never check their roofs for problems. In fact, about the only time homeowners think about their roof (or attic) is when they actually see a problem… and by then it’s too late.
You see, by the time you see any outward manifestation of a problem, the damage has already been done. This damage can sometimes run into the ten’s of thousands of dollars. Just ask anyone who has ever had to do mold remediation.
If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard me say it a thousand times—roofs are complicated. You simply just can’t ignore your roof and hope for the best. Not in West Texas. Our weather is brutal. Between tornadoes and hail the size of golf balls, our roofs take a beating. And if even one shingle was damaged it can cause a cascading effect that can ruin your whole roof.
A roof inspection leads to early discovery of roof problems; it allows you to maintain your capital asset, and you provide protection to the people who work and visit your building. You save money in the long run, because we spot issues before they cause major, expensive harm. Roof maintenance is pro-active, not reactive.
Here are the top five things a regular inspection of your roof will accomplish:
- Determine if the roofing system is doing the job it needs to do
- Search for signs of weak spots, deteriorating materials or immediate risk
- Verify needed repairs
- Identify problem areas that need special care and attention
- SAVE YOU MONEY, TIME AND AGGRAVATION.
Look, even the best roofs in the world will deteriorate with age; from bad weather, settling of the building, contraction and expansion in temperature extremes, and improper installation to begin with. In fact, in one industry report alone it was reported that over 80% of roofs are installed incorrectly.
A roof inspection by one of our highly-trained and highly-experienced inspectors will determine if you have the right design of roof for your building and conditions. The inspector will then record and document all of their findings, and they report to you their conclusions and recommendations. In fact, in many instances, our inspectors find that we can install an inexpensive roof barrier/coating system which can extend your roof life by over a decade… saving you tens of thousands of dollars.
Here is a brief outline of what is inspected and assessed on any commercial, industrial, municipal or institutional (church, school etc) building. It is also what we keep on top of when we perform a regular maintenance schedule.
FLAT ROOF: If your roof is tar and gravel, built-up (BUR); TPO or PVC or coated, the concern is the condition of the top surface. Roof inspection rules out, or rules in:
- Cracks or wrinkling
- Blisters (bubbled or open)
- Standing water
SLOPED ROOF: While the surface remains a focus, inspectors must also check for:
- Deformed edges
- Water shedding
METAL ROOF: Rust (corrosion) is a chief concern, because it signals so many problems, including water incursion or age deterioration. In addition the performance of your metal roof depends on:
- Panels in place
- Fasteners performing well
- Seam integrity
- Reliability of the paint or coating
In any exterior roof inspection, we will confirm the condition of:
- Fascia and soffits
- Flashing and gutters
- Exterior walls (absence of staining)
- HVAC leak-proofing
On your interior we rule out:
- Water Staining
- Water Leaks
- Surface Deterioration
- Ceiling cracks
- Window Leaks
- Door and Window Alignment