After inspecting your flat roof, a roofing company should give you a detailed report about its findings. Still, it would be a good idea to ask your roofing contractor a few questions to learn more about your commercial roofing system’s condition.
These questions include:
About Which Parts Are You Concerned?
Due to their low slope, commercial roofing systems are susceptible to moisture and ultraviolet (UV) damage – water tends to pool on a flat roof surface while the roof membrane is more exposed to the sun, compared to a steep-sloped roof. As such, cracks on the surface and water seeping through loose flashing are fairly common problems for a flat roof. However, your contractor might have found other warning signs of roof damage or other potential issues.
Are the Drains on My Roof Large Enough?
Commercial roofing systems are notoriously vulnerable to moisture damage, which is why the drainage system should be kept free of clogs at all times. And, given the increasingly erratic weather, it would be a good idea to ask the contractor if the drain capacity can handle the amount of rainfall in your area.
How Did You Document the Damage?
If the contractor found any signs of roof damage, make sure to ask how it was documented. If you have roof insurance, you’ll need to submit documentation of the roof damage before the insurer can process your claims.
How Long Until I Need to Replace My Roof?
It’s nearly impossible to gauge your commercial roofing system’s remaining lifespan, but your contractor can give you an accurate estimate. Knowing your roof’s estimated lifespan can help you prepare a budget for a roof replacement ahead of time.
One more thing: only hire an experienced contractor to conduct inspections. Without extensive training and experience, it’s easy to miss signs of roof damage.
Looking for a local roofer? Barth Roofing Company, Inc., a fully insured, licensed and bonded company with over 20 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To get a free estimate, you can call us at (209) 833-9917 or fill out our form here.