As a building manager or owner, you’re likely aware that hurricanes can cause serious damage to your roof system. A hurricane can bring severe winds, hail, rain, and debris, which can damage your commercial roofing system. It’s important to inspect your roof after a hurricane to avoid further damage or costly repairs.

This blog post provides an easy-to-use commercial roofing inspection checklist to help you identify any potential damage your roof may have suffered after a storm. Follow these steps to protect your investment and prevent more serious problems in the future.

Step 1: Examine Exterior Damage

Assessing the exterior of your commercial building is the first step in your post-hurricane roofing inspection. Look for damage to the roof, such as missing or ripped shingles, or bent metal panels. Check the gutters for debris or blockages. Check for metal flashings that have been pulled or dislodged from the roofline. Storm damage can also affect siding, windows, and other exterior components.

Step 2: Inspect the Roof Interior

Check the interior of the building after you have inspected the exterior of the commercial roofing system. Water stains and wet insulation could indicate a roof leak. Look for any cracks or holes in the roof deck that could have been caused by strong winds or flying debris. Check the ceiling and attic for signs of mold or moisture.

Step 3: Check for Debris

Your commercial roofing system may be covered in debris after a storm, such as broken glass and tree branches. Remove the debris to prevent further roof damage. Check your roof’s drain system to make sure it is not clogged with debris.

Step 4: Contact a Professional Inspector

Professional roofing contractors are the best experts to identify any issues you might have missed during your commercial roof inspection. Call a professional for advice and assistance after your initial inspection.

Step 5: Schedule Repairs

After you have completed your roof inspection, plan to make repairs if necessary. Repairs should be made immediately if there are visible signs of damage to prevent further damage.

The hurricane season can be stressful for building managers and owners. You need to ensure that your roof is in good condition and also ensure the safety of your tenants. Regular inspections are the best way to ensure this, especially following a natural catastrophe like a storm. Use our commercial roof inspection checklist to identify and minimize damage before it becomes more serious. Contact a professional roofer if you need assistance with your commercial roof system. Regular inspections and maintenance will help your commercial roofing system last longer, giving you the peace of mind you need to run a successful business.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978.  Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties. Click here for more information!