Whether you are talking about a sloped roof with traditional asphalt shingles or a flat roof of a commercial building, there is nothing more important than routine inspection and maintenance to keep your roof lasting as long as it can.
However, many business owners or building owners can benefit from doing their research into a potential commercial roof inspector and roofing company before choosing the one that’s right.
One of the best things you can do is to gain knowledge about your roofing system and make an informed list of questions to ask potential roofers before you hire.
Of course, you can’t go by the answers to these questions alone. A reputable company will have clear ratings and references proving they can provide you with safe and effective inspections and roofing services.
Questions to Ask a Commercial Roofing Inspector
Here are the top 5 questions we recommend asking to learn more about commercial roofing companies:
1. Do you provide photo documentation of the before and after of problem areas?
A roofing inspector should be able to document the areas that need fixing on your roof – assuming you’re not following him up there. He should be able to clearly explain what is going on, with pictorial evidence, and how the company intends to fix it forever and maintain it for you.
2. What areas of my roof are you going to fix?
Your inspector should be able to tell you details of the weak areas and vulnerable spots of your roof. This will give you a better idea of your own roof and also act as a control question to find out how familiar the inspector is with your roofing system.
3. Which roofing systems do you have experience working on?
Before you ever have a commercial roofing inspector come look at your roof, you need to verify that he has experience with your roof. Flat roofing systems can vary widely between how they are made, what materials they use, and how they are installed. A roofing inspector should know all of these: EPDM, PVC, and TPO.
4. Which parts of my roof should I watch out for?
A qualified commercial roofing inspector should be able to tell you potential problem areas with the way your roof is constructed. For instance, any protrusions – vents, skylights, doors, etc. If your roof is ever damaged or develops issues, you will have a good idea where the problems are originating from.
5. How do you handle emergency service calls?
A competent roofing inspector will do everything in his power to prevent emergencies. However, accidents happen. Sometimes you can’t control what the weather will do. Your potential roofing company should have a procedure for emergencies including whom to contact if an emergency situation should arise after business hours.
What Else Should Your Commercial Roofing Inspector Tell You?
The main thing you should get from your inspection is a report, which you should receive in writing so you can save it for future reference. On the report should be:
- Existing roof system assembly information
- Inspection results
- Membrane/substrate analysis
- Diagram of problem locations
- Recommendations for repair or replacement
- Repair priorities
- Prediction of potential issues
- The number of years an inspection/maintenance plan will add to the life of your roof
A commercial roof inspection is an invaluable tool, giving you accurate information. It helps you to make the best financial decision about the future of your building and business. Make sure you hire the best company with the widest knowledge for the job.
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