The Recommended Process For a Roofing Inspection
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The Inspection Process

Published by Andrew Schmidt

How do you know if a roof was effectively inspected? In order for a roof is inspected properly, all components (substrate, insulation, membrane, surfacing, flashings, metal terminations) should be thoroughly examined. Professionals coming to inspect a roof must be aware of potential safety hazards and practice caution. Since spring is on its way, it may be a good time to have a roofing contractor take a look at your roof and assess any damage from winter weather.

It is important for roofers, homeowners and facility owners alike to know the recommended process for a roofing inspection:

1. Collection of all files relevant to roofing systems on the home or facility: plans, drawings, materials applied, warranties and guarantees.

2. Revise these files and make sure they are up-to-date with current materials and plans.

3. Verify measurements of base flashing and membrane areas.

4. Survey the flashing, the roof membrane and edge, and all penetrations for any damage or defects. Start at the perimeter and move row-to-row perpendicular on the surface.

5. Mark any areas with damage with spray paint, and take not of the details of the damage in your roof plan, including severity and measurement. Photographing the defects found is also a good idea.

6. Lesser defects – small holes in the membrane and flashing – can be repaired during the inspection. Document all repairs done, including materials and methods used.

7. The repairs should be done using proper roofing procedures and approved materials.

8. Double check that the repairs were done completely and effectively, and take photographs of the repairs for use by the owner and roofer.


Courtesy of Roofing Contractor

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