Performing a Spring Roof Inspection

Posted April 01, 2013

Winter weather and harsh temperatures can take their toll on your building. It’s important to perform periodic roof inspections in order to identify and fix any roofing issues before they cause major damage.

When should you inspect your roof?

It’s especially important to inspect your roof in the spring, after the winter freeze/thaw cycle. To avoid major roofing issues, it’s best to have a pair of eyes on your roof at regular intervals throughout the year. Inspect your roof at least twice annually, at the beginning of the spring and fall. You should also perform additional inspections periodically, after severe storms or strong winds. Any time you go on your roof, take our maintenance guide and checklist with you to help understand and document any issues.

Why perform a spring roof inspection?

Inspecting your roof can help you identify potential problem areas and leaks. Roof leaks can cause extensive damage before water is even visible inside of the building. The damage isn’t limited to your building. You could experience damaged inventory or production losses, as well as energy inefficiency and health issues due to potential mold growth. Be on the lookout for telltale signs that you have a roofing issue:

  • Water leaking onto the floor
  • Stained ceiling tiles
  • Roofing membrane billowing in the wind
  • Loose flashing at walls and units
  • Shrinking membrane
  • Mushy or shifted insulation
  • Missing or loose fasteners in metal roofs
  • Rusted metal roof panels

Safety First.

Anytime you inspect your roof, remember to be safe. Walking on a roof can be hazardous, especially this time of the year, when the roof is slippery due to ice, rain, and melting snow. Follow these basic rules for your safety:

  • Always face the roof’s edges. Never turn your back to the ground.
  • If you are using a roof hatch, close it so that you don’t trip into it.
  • Avoid skylights, they cannot hold a human’s weight.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from the roof’s edge.
  • Use the buddy system. Inspect the roof in pairs and look out for each other.

By following an active commercial roof inspection and maintenance plan, you will be able to prolong the life of your roof, saving money in repairs and allowing you to properly budget for and schedule your roof replacement. As always, if you identify a major roofing issue, give us a call. We’ll be glad to help you with your roofing needs safely and professionally.

About Bloom Roofing

Bloom Roofing is a full-service commercial roofing contractor specializing in the installation of flat and low slope roof systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and retail buildings. Since 1979, we have stood above other Michigan commercial roofing companies due to our skilled workmanship, fair business practices, superior customer service and professional project management.