The roof is integral to the building’s protective envelope – it must be designed to keep the weather out and maintain a stable internal temperature. It also has many secondary functions, including aiding fire protection, structural rigidity, and constructional support for other services like air conditioning units, ducting, and insulations.
As capital works and refurbishment budgets are reviewed and finalised ahead of summer projects, it makes sense for estate managers to consider their roofing systems and ensure they are in good working order.
A commercial roof inspection and roof survey is an essential part of any organisation’s proactive approach to asset management. From the outset, it is crucial to remember that a survey’s purpose isn’t just to identify the condition of a specific building’s roof but to act as a gauge for the overall health and maintenance programmes for your entire estate. By carrying out a commercial roof inspection, you identify any potential causes of degradation and potentially head off a costly repair or restoration bill in the future.
Many factors can affect the performance of a roof system over time, including wear and tear, ageing, temperature changes, poor quality installation and exposure to the elements. These roofing issues can lead to changes in appearance and defects, such as splits or cracks forming on the roof’s surface. Other signs include damaged flashings or sealants and penetrations around areas where plant equipment has been mounted.
Regular commercial roof surveys and maintenance help your roofing systems perform at their best for longer; taking care of your business’s roof will continue to ensure that the occupants will have a safe and comfortable environment to work in, with minimal business disruption, for years to come.