Commercial and Residential Roof Inspections and Testings
American Quality Roof Repair performs detailed, professional visual roof inspections with state-of-the-art moisture detection devices and gives thorough explanations with digital pictures. We promise this, hand delivered, in 24-48 hours in Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, FL. We also promise reasonable charges on roof inspections – $125 and up, based on roof size, condition, detail work and time required. The inspection fee is deductible from the cost of requested repairs.
When you’re in need of a roof inspection, American Quality Roof Repair in Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. FL will start in the interior of the building. The interior walls and ceilings should be checked for signs of water arid staining. After inspecting the interior a thorough roof inspection of the exterior walls should be made along with the roof system.
The following roof components should be inspected:
Flashing: These are the protection for the membrane termination and often provide a waterproof cover at the membrane termination. These include counter- flashing, expansion joint covers, copings and flashing at walls and curbs. A variety of problems may occur at these vulnerable locations.
Penetrations: These are pipes, drains, vents, stacks and other items that penetrate the roof membrane. These MUST be flashed properly to ensure a watertight roof system.
Field Membrane – What to look for:
- Open seams, excessive blisters, wrinkles, ridges or areas of the non-adhered membrane.
- Worn spots holes or deteriorated areas of the membrane.
- Deteriorated areas of surface coating on the membrane.
- Adequate drainage and ponding problems of the membrane.
- Areas around rooftop equipment that may have been degraded by leaks or spills or punctured by dropped equipment and parts.
SCHEDULED BI-ANNUAL INSPECTIONS
The key element of any roof maintenance program is regular roof inspection and immediate attention to all identified problems.
Every spring and fall, call American Quality Roof Repair and a roof contractor who understands the design of your roof system will inspect the roof. The spring inspection may detect signs of deterioration and items that are in need of corrective action prior to our region’s rainy season. This is a good time to document the condition of the roofing system in the event of strong wind conditions that accompany the tropical weather systems that pass South Florida, including the Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood and Orlando areas. This documentation will also play a key roll should an insurance claim be necessary. The fall inspection is to assure that the roof did not sustain damage due to high wind or wind uplift separation. Special inspections are recommended following extraordinary situations such as:
- New construction or equipment installed on roof.
- Unusual weather conditions, such as hail, high winds, unusually heavy rainstorms or other weather phenomenon.
- Vandalism or any other known damage to the roof.
The commercial or residential roof inspection should be preceded by the preparation of a detailed roof plan on which all defects or notes can be marked. If the inspection indicates that more than minor work is required, an inspection checklist is necessary to ensure thoroughness. Call American Quality Roof Repair of Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL, a professional roofing contractor to perform the required maintenance work.
Begin the roof inspection by looking at the underside of the deck, if accessible, and also at the outside of the building. Look for cracks, stains, rusting, watermarks, efflorescence, wet spots, spalled mortar etc. or other signs of excessive moisture or deterioration. The observations may give clues to not only roofing problems but also other conditions affecting the performance of the building envelope.
The final and most important part is inspecting the roof itself. The keys to a competent roof inspection are thoroughness and attention to detail — be prepared to get dirty!
Spring inspections permit observation of possible winter damage and allow for maintenance to be scheduled and completed during the best possible weather.
Fall inspections can disclose requirements for preventative measures that should be taken in preparation for the oncoming winter.
Extra roof inspections should be made after major storms or after any construction activity that could affect the roofing system.
We will inspect all significant areas of your roof
Roof Inspection Consists of Drains, Gutters, and Downspouts
Clear away any debris that may impede their function. In addition, if they are clogged and cannot be readily cleared, get professional help. Make sure that any drain screens installed are still in place and functioning as intended.
Gravel Surface or Ballast Erosion
If the gravel has been eroded in certain areas, the unprotected bitumen coating will start to deteriorate. This erosion is common in corners of the roof that face the prevailing winds. Other causes are foot traffic, forced air discharge from ventilators, ice action, and water spillage from higher roof elevations washing gravel away. The eroded areas should be regravelled as soon as possible.
These joints are designed to be the first line of defense against water penetration. Proper caulking should always be maintained in these reglets.
Caulking of Metal Flashing
Caulking of joints in metal flashings such as copings, counter flashing, roof top units, curbs, expansion joints etc., requires regular inspection, cleaning and recaulking, or replacement caulking. Always use a caulking material that you have checked out to be compatible with all components in contact with the caulking.
LOW SLOPE ROOFING MANDATORY ROOF INSPECTION OF:
ROOF DRAINS: Positive drainage is essential. Keep roof drains and surrounding area clean to avoid clogged drains. Also, check all drain clamping rings for proper attachment.
PITCH PANS: Keep pitch pans full at all times. Check for shrinkage of filler material and refill when needed. Check for proper attachment and sealing of the entire pitch pan assembly.
METAL FLASHINGS: Check these areas regularly. Flashings must be properly attached and sealed so they will remain water-tight at all times. Watch out for loose counter flashings, bad chalking, loose copings, and bad joints. Pay close attention to the condition of all, metal, including rust damage caused by wind or other outside sources.
ROOF COATINGS: Check all smooth surfaced roof systems for weathering of (SURFACING) the surface coating. These systems require periodic surfacing by a professional roofing contractor. frequency will vary depending on climatic changes and environmental conditions, as well as the type of coating being placed (1-2 times a year).
PARAPET Check walls and copings to keep them watertight.
CONCRETE WALLS: Repair bad mortar joints, caulking, tile or stone copings, etc. This type of deterioration can appear to be a roof leak.
OTHER ROOF Inspection and maintain all A/C units, ventilators, grease traps, EQUIPMENT skylights, and other equipment. Make sure they are not discharging any fluids onto the membrane or causing roof leaks due to improper performance.
General Roofing Inspection includes:
Keep your roof clean and free of all debris including:
APPEARANCE: bottles, cans, leaves, branches, rocks, dirt, old machinery, leftover construction materials, grease oil, etc. which can become a projectile in a hurricane force wind.