Before the Spring Storms: Roof Checklist for Facility Managers

Posted by Heather Johnson in Common Roof Problems

15 March, 2015

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Sometimes, winter’s cold grasp morphs into powerful spring storms without much of a break between the two. For the flowers and trees, that’s good news. For facility roofs, it can be a nightmare if you’re not prepared. In some regions, once the spring rains set in it could be weeks before they let up. Even though the weather is still chilly, now’s the best time to ensure that your roof is ready to weather the coming storms.

Checklist for Maintenance Crew

While all commercial roofs should be professionally inspected and maintained regularly, an attentive building maintenance crew can spot and alleviate simple problems to reduce the risk of damage from powerful spring storms.

  • Check downspout exits to ensure they haven’t been crushed or crumpled, which can restrict drainage.
  • Inspect and clear debris from rooftop gutters and header boxes.
  • Check and clear debris from scuppers (the drains at the edge of the roof).
  • Clear internal gutters, if applicable.
  • Inspect and clear weep holes around rooftop windows and skylights.
  • Make sure rooftop units and PV penetrations are secure and watertight.
  • Remove leaves and debris from the rooftop.
  • Note whether the roof appears unusually sunken or if water is ponding anywhere.
  • Visually inspect the roof for signs of weathering, loose or wrinkled membrane, missing ballast and loose seams.
  • Check the property surrounding the building for tall trees with dead limbs.

When to Call the Pros

As long as the building maintenance crew is trained in safe roof practices, they can perform basic inspections and debris removal. Discoveries of ponding, gaps around penetrations, loose flashings or other roof damage, however, should be promptly reported to a professional roofing company.  If you experience any leaks, it’s important to get a thorough leak inspection as soon as possible. The entry point of a leak could be far away from the point where the water enters the interior of your facility. Experienced roofing companies use cutting-edge technology to pinpoint leaks that are not yet visible to the eye.

The “Ounce of Prevention” Rule

Because it’s overhead and out of sight – your facility roof’ condition can slip your mind. Unfortunately, if your roof suffered some damage over the cold winter months, spring storms could bring much more than thunder and lightning. They could bring leaking and damage to your facility structure, inventory and contents. It’s vital that your roof be in the best possible shape before the rains start.

Best Roof-Health Practices

We understand that you’re not in the roofing business, but we hope you understand that the integrity of your facility roof can make a big impact on your business. If you’re not aware of safe roof practices, or you don’t feel comfortable asking your maintenance crew to perform simple inspections and debris removal, don’t hesitate to call North American Roofing today at 888-517-3555. We’re the most trusted and respected roofing company in the nation and we offer our professional services in every state.