A roof should be inspected in a variety of contexts. Danco Roofing recommends most buildings, especially commercial buildings, be inspected bi-annually. This is especially important regarding warranties, as most manufacturers’ warranties are void if the customer cannot provide evidence that the roof has been maintained, which our Asset Management Program aids clients with. It is also beneficial for a roof to be inspected after severe weather. Inspections may also serve as an area of appraisal when considering the purchase of a property.
While it may seem simple, roof inspectors must account for an enormous number of possible damages and building design components that could drastically change the best process for the job. The inspection begins even before touching the roof. From the ground, the inspector will assess a variety of qualities about the roof and the building it covers. For buildings with gutters, inspectors will likely first look at those, in addition to soffits and fascia (these are the pieces that connect the exterior wall of a building to the protruding edge of the roof and gutter). These will be looked at again on the roof, but checking for potential damage (especially water damage) from all angles is vital for these systems.