How often should a building's roof be inspected?
This answer varies based on the age of your roof, the part of the country you live in, and type of roof you have. To be safe, you would want to inspect your roofing system twice per year. That will ensure that you can notice and repairs that need to be done before the storm season and catch any that occur during storm season. The earlier you catch a problem, the less it will cost to repair.

What is the best method to inspect a building's roof?

Even if you have a large and experienced maintenance crew, you should have a licensed roofing contractor inspect your roofing system. Roofers know where to look for problem areas. You should walk the roof with the contractor to get a first hand look at what they find. In addition, you can have your maintenance crew walk the roof after large storms to look for ponding.

How long should a building's roof last?

The life of a roof depends on several things including, the quality of the materials, the workmanship in the installation, and how well it has been maintained over the years. Some roofs are designed to last more than 30 years, while others have a life expectancy of 15 years. Studies have shown that roofs that are well maintained last longer than roofs that are not.

What hidden costs are associated with roof leaks?

A roof leak is a risk that costs you and your tenant’s money. If the leak is bad enough, then you will need to shut down the business until it is repaired. Slip and falls are a substantial cost associated with a roof leak, are as mold and mildew.

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