The importance of making sure the roof on your commercial building is well-maintained cannot be stressed enough. Here are three things a roofing contractor should look for upon inspection to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your employees.
Dark Spots on the Roof Indicating Trapped Moisture
When moisture gets trapped in the roof, there is potential for many things to go wrong. Trapped moisture not only causes damage to the ceiling inside the building, but it can turn your roof into a new home for termites. Not only can moisture affect the building, the health of the employees working inside could be put in jeopardy. Moisture in the roof can exacerbate allergies and asthma and cause fungal infections.
During a roof inspection, the best way to detect moisture in the roof is through moisture surveys. These tests can help to determine where and how much moisture might be trapped in certain parts of the roof. You will then know if parts of the roof are damaged and whether or not they need to be replaced. If you notice the roof is leaking, it would be in your best interest to get a moisture survey conducted.
Gutters and Drains Are Cleared of Debris
Roofing contractors who are inspecting the roof will want to make sure the gutters and drains are all clear of debris. Clearing the gutters provides a way to keep moisture from getting trapped in the roof. Besides during periodic roof inspections, another time to make sure the gutters and drains are clear is after a storm. This is especially true if there were strong gusts of wind. Some other things to remember about gutters is that they should be properly installed, and they should be both water and fire proof.
There Are No Trees or Branches Hanging Near the Roof
Trees and branches hanging too close to the roof can pose hazards as well. Not only does it make it easier for the gutters and drains to get clogged but they can cause damage to the roof. When they get blown by the wind, heavy branches can scratch and damage the roof. Falling branches have the potential to puncture shingles on the roof. If there are trees close to the roof, you will want to make sure they stay neatly trimmed.
It is in your best interest as the owner of a commercial building to get your roof inspected by a roofing contractor to make sure your roof does what it is supposed to: provide shelter and protection for you and your employees.
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