Commercial roofing in College Station, TX needs attention and care and, therefore, requires periodic inspection. Commercial roof inspection is so important that current industry trends point to practices that allow easy and safe roof access, according to Today’s Facility Manager writer Jim Tierney.
“A recent trend is the use of safety guards around roof hatches and “ladder up” safety posts on roof hatch ladders. Roof hatch safety should be taken very seriously, and guards and posts can help to minimize the risk of falls.
Another trend is an increased use of safety tapes and markings around roof perimeters and hazards. These products serve to create a perimeter around the roof edge, mechanical equipment, and other hazards by visually drawing attention to these areas.”
Walkway pads can be another essential item that help increase safety levels.”
Such safety measures can benefit building owners and managers should they decide to let their staff inspect the roofs for any flaws or defects. Still, a roof inspection is best performed by College Station roofing contractors, such as America’s Choice Roofing, to ensure that problems are detected and solved accordingly. However, owners of commercial structures may wonder what the critical problems are in commercial roofs and how they differ from residential roofs.
One of the most critical issues in commercial roofs is water ponding. Unlike residential structures, commercial buildings are not typically designed with pitched roofs, which allow rainwater to easily flow off and down the drainage systems. Commercial roofs are usually flat or low-sloped, making it possible for rainwater to settle on the roof surface. Ponding water doesn’t mean trouble in the short term; when left unattended, though, it could lead to roof deterioration and, eventually, leaks.
Another issue that’s likely to develop in commercial roofs are bubbles, which form within the covering and may also cause leaks. Bubbles are usually caused by moisture getting trapped within the roof covering. An effective watertight system installed can combat problems of moisture penetration.
A third critical area for inspection is the roof’s skylights. If these skylights are not properly secured, they can serve as entry points for wind-driven rain and debris.
Commercial roofs need to be regularly inspected so existing and potential problems are detected early on. With commercial roofs, there are critical issues to keep an eye on—issues that are usually rare in residential roofs. For this reason, building owners or managers who need to have their roofs inspected should call upon roofers who deal with both types of roofing.
(Source: Roofing Trends: Limiting Overhead Risk, todaysfacilitymanager.com, December 3, 2013)