Why It’s Vital to Schedule a Roof Inspection in the Fall

Fall is an important time for building owners and managers to make sure that their commercial roof system will last through the upcoming winter weather. A roof is the element of a building that is most exposed to harsh climatic conditions. In winter, heavy snow and ice buildup can cause significant roof damage. In summer, extended sun exposure can also pose a hazard to your roof. That’s why fall is an essential time to have a commercial roof inspection done by trusted professionals.

Many flat roof issues can be traced to the effects of seasonal changes. For this reason,  CAA-Quebec recommends conducting a preventive roof inspection at least twice a year, preferably every fall and spring. If, for example, the membrane or insulation of your roof is compromised, condensation can occur inside your building. This is particularly likely to happen in winter when a cold surface meets the warmer interior air. Condensation formed under these conditions can potentially lead to interior mould and mildew problems in addition to water damage.

Why is fall such a good time for a roof inspection?

The cooler temperatures and sunny days of early fall mean that the roof of your industrial, commercial, multi-unit, or condo building is more accessible for a roof inspection. The inspection is far less likely to be cut short or cancelled due to a storm or bad weather. Having a roof inspection done now will give you enough time to repair any immediate concerns before winter, to prepare for future repairs, and to plan your budget. Completing preventive maintenance before the freezing and thawing cycle begins will save you time and money in the long run.

What issues can be detected by a fall roof inspection?

Blocked drains and puddling water

Debris that has accumulated on flat commercial roofs can cause significant problems. Fallen leaves and branches often build up around roof drains and downspouts, causing water to back up and form puddles. If that water freezes over the winter, the debris will be locked in place and the drainage systems of the roof will be completely blocked. The longer water stays on your roof, the more likely your building is at risk for water infiltration and all its associated problems.

Membrane and insulation deficiencies

Changes in weather produce contraction and expansion of roof materials, which can cause fissures the membrane or compromise the seams. A complete roof inspection also looks for signs of shrinking or shifting in the membrane and examines the roof’s surface for soft portions or loose material, indicating damage to your roof’s membrane or insulation. All of these deficiencies can be points of entry for water to infiltrate your building.

Loose flashing and vents

Flashing consists of strips of steel or aluminum that seal and protect the edge of the roof and the bases of projecting elements such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. If the flashing is loose or affected by rust, if the caulking is cracked or detached, your roof will not weather the winter without damage. Loose roof vents are also a precondition for water infiltration.

Roof inspection by Genispec

Genispec specializes in roof inspection for flat roofs of multi-residential, commercial, semi-commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, including:

  • Gravel and asphalt roofs
  • Elastomeric membrane roofs
  • Inverted membrane roofs
  • EPDM or TPO membrane roofs
  • Shingle roofs

At Genispec, we are dedicated to providing high-quality inspection services in the greater Montreal area. Our inspection engineers are members of the OIQ and are committed to providing you with all relevant information, through a detailed roof inspection report. This report will include data such as roof conditions, extent of roof penetration, cracks, presence and condition of pipe flashings, as well as other details. Discover all our inspection services

If you’re not sure whether your roof system needs repairs prior to the winter months, contact Genispec and we can arrange a full roof inspection for your building this fall.