April showers bring…roof leaks? Not how you remember it? Well it is true, and it is especially possible if you don’t perform your spring roof inspection. Winter takes its toll on a roof. Freeze-thaw cycles, heavy snow loads, hail, and ice can really cause damage. Even if you live in a warm climate where cold-weather damage is not a worry, spring is a good time to have your roof inspected so you are ready for the stormy season ahead.
If you plan to inspect the roof yourself, here are some things to know, what to look for and when to call an authorized contractor:
- Clear the rooftop of any debris. For best results, use a stiff bristle broom and apply positive downward pressure when clearing accumulated dirt and leaf deposits around drains and roof scuppers.
- Clear any blockages from downspouts or gutters.
- Look for standing water, also known as “ponding water.” The NRCA defines ponding water as water that remains 48 hours after a rainfall in conditions that would otherwise be conducive to drying. Building owners and facility managers should monitor areas of persistent standing water, as this can lead to long–term issues. If the standing water is significant, it’s best to contact a GenFlex-authorized contractor to assess the issue.
- Check for soft or spongy areas of insulation. Where there is one soft spot, there may be others.
- Look for tears, splits, and punctures in the roofing membrane and contact your GenFlex-authorized contractor as soon as possible to have them repaired.
- Check metal counter flashings around roof protrusions such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. Re-secure areas that are loose or have pulled away.
- Verify that rooftop equipment is secure and won’t fly off in high winds. March-June is the official tornado season, so high winds are going to be more likely during this time of year, although they can occur during any month of the year.
If you find any roof damage, or if you want a more comprehensive expert inspection, be sure to contact a qualified, commercial roofing contractor like those who are GenFlex-authorized. Professionals know what to look for and may find some issues you might miss. Either way, addressing any issues found quickly can extend the life of your roof and prevent further damage and leaks. Even if the winter was mild where you live, don’t skip or put off this important springtime roof inspection.