A roof inspection can be expensive and waiting to get an appointment can interfere with your business and timeline. So, can you do the inspection yourself? An experienced facility manager might have the knowledge and training to do this, but commercial roofing contractors likely have a bit more to offer. You can certainly do an informal inspection of your roof, but when it’s time to have the real deal, California Roofing Pros is here to help. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about a DIY inspection.
Safety is Vital
Anytime you get on the roof, you will need to keep safety in mind. When it comes to roofing accidents, falls are the highest risk and can result in death. Proper safety practices protect you from injury and your business from liability. When you perform your roof inspection, be sure you watch out for skylights and broken or damaged pieces or portions of the roof. You also need to use caution around the perimeter of the roof to reduce the risk of falling. Proper safety ensures a thorough inspection and offers you protection at the same time.
Look for the Small Issues
The most common commercial roofing problems are small. It might be a small issue now, but letting it go can turn it into a bigger and much more costly one. If you notice any debris on the roof, be sure to remove it. Clean the gutters regularly and check for damage after a storm or any kind of severe weather. If you see any problems that you can’t take care of yourself, be sure to have a professional assess the situation as soon as possible so that you can take care of the issue before it gets worse.
Consider the Warranty
In some cases, if you do a DIY inspection or perform any repairs to your roof on your own, you run the risk of losing your warranty. Be sure you read through the conditions of your warranty carefully before you get up on the roof. If it specifies who can and who cannot inspect the roof and repair damage, be sure you adhere to those guidelines so you don’t void your warranty.
Keep OSHA Regulations in Mind
Repairing your roof turns it into a job site. In that case, OSHA has a lengthy list of guidelines and rules you must follow. These are mostly having to do with safety. If you’re going to perform repairs, be sure you understand the OSHA regulations, but also make sure you are following them. They can be found online but may also be on file at a commercial establishment. If you’re not prepared to follow these rules, hiring a professional to perform your inspection and repairs is a better option for you.
What Commercial Roofing Contractors Can Do For You
We can offer a wide range of services for your business, including conducting commercial roof inspections and fixing any problems that are found in the process. A proper roof inspection offers peace of mind and ensures safety for everyone involved. When it’s time for your commercial roof inspection, call California Roofing Pros to set up an appointment.