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Sloped Roof Inspections

Roofing problems at your commercial building can quickly add up. 

Building owners with sheet metal roofs are often faced with the hassle of expensive roof repairs. Urgent and pricey repairs can be easily prevented with a coherent roof management plan and frequent roof inspections.

Architectural Sheet Metal roofs are a popular sloped roofing solution for commercial buildings. Although they cost more than a traditional roofing system, the long-term savings more than make up for it. Non-metal roofs often deteriorate due to weather conditions and UV rays, while Roofed Right’s sheet metal roofs can last up to 60 years. Sheet metal roofs can also decrease energy consumption and reduce insurance premiums. However, even Roofed Right’s sheet metal roofs need frequent inspections to ensure they stay safe from rust and corrosion. A roof management plan can reduce leak frequency and severity, extend roof life and reduce management inefficiencies. Talk to a Roofed Right expert today to establish a roof inspection plan to catch small roof issues before they turn into costly roof emergencies.

Process of Making Your Commerical Roof Right

1. Get the Right Motivation

Organizations often fail to establish a roof management plan before problems begin, resulting in costly roof repairs or even early replacements. The obligation to make these replacements trumps any opportunity to set up an inspection and management plan. Scheduled inspections allow us to spot minor issues and fix them right away, rather than waiting for serious damage.

If we can extend the life of a roof by even one year, your organization will break even on the cost of the roof management plan. Commit to the program and experience the savings.

With such high returns on investment, we don't understand why so few companies implement roof inspection plans. Whatever the reason, we still want reluctant building managers to know even a minimal plan is better than no plan.

Regular metal roof inspections protect you from serious damage
Metal roof inspections

2. Taking Stock

As soon as a building manager commits to a program with Roofed Right, we get to work laying out a plan and assigning someone to be in charge of the program. The plan will include annual inspections and regular maintenance to prevent unnecessary spending of time and money on roof replacements or repairs. 

The next step is to gather all the necessary information the roofing manager may need and develop a historical file, including information like:

  • Date of installation
  • Installing contractor
  • System manufacturer
  • Warranties
  • Type of roof system, insulation, and roof deck
  • Leak history
  • Repair history, dates, type, and cost of repairs.

3. Condition Considerations

With all the information in place, Roofed Right will send out an inspector to conduct a condition assessment for your sheet metal roof. No roof can be properly managed without understanding its condition. We typically conduct two types of inspections: visual inspection and non-destructive inspection.

Visual Inspections

Visual inspections occur 1-2 times a year depending on the roof’s condition, rooftop traffic, and preferences of the occupants. Visual inspections are a great way to look after a metal roof since any corrosion, rust, fading, or scruffing can be easily spotted by the inspector. A typical visual inspection includes:

  • Analysis of the painted finish on the sheet metal
  • Inspection for any possible rust, corrosion, fading, or scruffing
  • An examination of the roof system, flashings, sheet-metal flashings, drains, and gutters
  • An evaluation of observed conditions might affect the long-term performance of the roof system
  • Documentation of deficiencies requiring corrective action
  • Other information is needed for developing long-range preventive maintenance (PM) needs.

Non-Destructive Inspections

Non-destructive inspections are meant to complement a visual inspection whenever needed. The non-destructive measures we usually use include infrared, nuclear, and capacitance tests. These tests are designed to identify the presence of moisture, locate hard-to-find leaks, and establish a baseline for the management plan.

Our most used non-destructive measure is the infrared test. Our inspectors use infrared moisture assessments to provide an overview of the sheet metal roof and possibly identify where a leak may be. Infrared tests provide aerial pictures of the roof so we know exactly how to diagnose any issues.

Infrared roof inspections for commercial metal roofing systems

4. Formulating a Plan

Once all the information is gathered and organized, it is studied by the roofing manager to identify the next steps, whether they include repairs, maintenance, or even re-roofing. Although this entire process takes a considerable amount of funds, time, and manpower, it is worth it since it will be able to extend the life of your roof and prevent major expenses on repairs and replacements.

Once you work with our Roofed Right experts, you will have a better understanding of where the problems with their sheet metal roof may lie. You will also have a detailed, organized plan to help you work towards budget approval. A plan does not ensure your roofing budget request will be approved, but it will allow you to better justify the expense.

Contact sheet metal contractors at Roofed Right America for a quote today!
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