As a business owner or manager, it’s crucial to keep your commercial roof in good condition to protect your building and everything inside it. One way to ensure your roof is in good condition is to conduct regular commercial roof surveys. In this blog, we’ll explore what a commercial roof survey is and some of the common issues that can be found during a survey.
A commercial roof survey is an inspection of your roof conducted by professionals who are trained to identify any issues or potential problems. During a commercial roof survey, the surveyor will cheque for any signs of damage, wear, or other issues that could compromise the integrity of your roof. A survey is an important part of flat roof maintenance, as it can help identify problems early, which can save you time and money in the long run.
One of the most common issues found during a commercial roof survey is ponding and standing water. This occurs when water accumulates on the roof and doesn’t drain away properly. Ponding and standing water can lead to leaks, water ingress, and structural damage if not addressed quickly.
Water ingress and leaks are also common issues found during a commercial roof survey. These can be caused by a range of factors, including poor installation, lack of maintenance, or damage from extreme weather conditions. Water ingress and leaks can lead to a range of problems, including damage to the building’s interior, mould growth, and structural damage.
Wear and tear is another issue that can be identified during a commercial roof survey. Over time, flat roofs can deteriorate due to exposure to the elements and normal wear and tear. Signs of wear and tear can include cracks, splits, and blisters in the roofing membrane, which can lead to water ingress and leaks.
Membrane rips and tears can also be identified during a commercial roof survey. These can be caused by a range of factors, including poor installation, heavy foot traffic, and extreme weather conditions. Membrane rips and tears can lead to leaks and water ingress, which can cause significant damage to your building.
Another common issue identified during a commercial roof survey is failure points. These are areas of the roof where the material is more susceptible to damage or wear, such as around vents, skylights, and other rooftop fixtures. Failure points can be a significant source of leaks and water ingress if not addressed promptly.
If any of these issues are identified during a commercial roof survey, it’s essential to take action to address them. Our company specialises in flat roof repair, replacement, and waterproofing for commercial and industrial buildings. Our experienced roofing contractors can identify any issues and provide you with a detailed report on how to resolve them.
Depending on the severity of the issues identified, flat roof maintenance or repair may be required. This can include replacing damaged or worn sections of the roof, repairing leaks and water ingress points, and reinforcing failure points to prevent future issues. In some cases, it may be necessary to replace the entire roof.
If you need a new roof, our company can provide you with a range of options, including single-ply roofing, built-up roofing, modified bitumen roofing, EPDM roofing, TPO roofing, and PVC roofing. We use high-quality materials that are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy use, ensuring your roof lasts for many years to come.
When we conduct a commercial roof survey, we also inspect the flashing, parapet walls, and any other roof penetrations, such as vents and skylights, to ensure they are properly sealed and not contributing to water infiltration.
Another common issue we find during commercial roof surveys is wear and tear. This is a natural occurrence over time and can manifest in a number of ways, such as blistering, cracking, and splitting. If left unchecked, wear and tear can lead to more serious issues, such as leaks and water damage.
Membrane rips and tears are also a common issue we find during commercial roof surveys. This is especially true for single-ply roofing systems, which are more susceptible to damage from foot traffic, hail, and other factors. When we identify rips and tears in the membrane, we document their size and location and recommend appropriate repairs or replacement.
Finally, we look for failure points in the roof system, such as inadequate drainage or ventilation, improper installation, or the use of incompatible materials. Identifying these failure points is critical to ensuring the long-term performance of the roof and preventing costly repairs down the road.
At Premsurv, we take great care to provide a thorough and accurate assessment of the condition of each commercial roof we survey. We provide a detailed report that outlines any issues we find and recommends appropriate solutions, whether that involves simple maintenance, repairs, or a complete replacement.
Flat roof maintenance is essential to ensuring the longevity and performance of commercial and industrial roofs. Regular inspections and maintenance can identify small issues before they become big problems, and can help extend the lifespan of the roof. At Premsurv, we offer a range of maintenance services, including cleaning, gutter clearing, and repair of small issues.
When more extensive repairs are needed, we have the expertise to provide flat roof repair solutions for a variety of roofing substrates, including single-ply roofing, built-up roofing, modified bitumen roofing, EPDM roofing, TPO roofing, and PVC roofing. Our team of experienced roofing contractors can repair or replace damaged or worn sections of the roof to ensure it remains watertight and functioning properly.
If a commercial roof has reached the end of its lifespan, we can provide expert advice and guidance on flat roof replacement options. We work with a range of high-quality roofing materials and can help clients choose the right option for their budget and needs. Our team can provide a full replacement service, from removing the old roof to installing the new one and ensuring it is properly sealed and waterproofed.
Waterproofing flat roofs is a key component of ensuring their long-term performance. At Premsurv, we offer a range of waterproofing solutions for commercial and industrial roofs, including liquid-applied membranes, bitumen membranes, and single-ply membranes. Our team can assess the condition of the roof and recommend the best waterproofing solution to suit the specific needs of each client.
In summary, commercial roof surveys are essential to identifying and addressing issues with commercial and industrial roofs. At Premsurv, we have over 40 years of experience in conducting these surveys and providing expert advice and solutions for a range of roofing substrates. From flat roof maintenance and repair to replacement and waterproofing, our team of experienced roofing contractors can help clients keep their roofs in top condition and functioning properly for years to come.