Commercial Roof Inspection

Commercial Roof Inspection

Commercial roof inspections differ greatly from residential roof inspections depending on the type of building construction and different types of materials used. Not only do we offer Windermere Home Inspections we also offer these roof inspections.

Many commercial roofs are flat and therefore use materials that are specifically designed for flat roofs. Most residential roofs are usually shingle or tile with a few being a buildup roof of tar and gravel.

Getting your commercial roof inspected can be done by either a roofing contractor or a licensed home inspector but there may be a difference in the amount of knowledge and experience between a contracting inspector and a home inspector.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using either of these commercial roof inspectors.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Commercial Roofing Contractor

Pros:

  • Has the knowledge and education of the different kinds of roofs and materials used?
  • Has the knowledge of the different flaws in each roofing type.
  • Can offer a quote for repairs or replacement.

Cons:

  • Works for a company that makes its money off of roof replacements and is more likely to lead toward replacement than repair.
  • Maybe an employee of a roofing contractor and not a licensed roofer with certifications or license
  • May not have the knowledge and experience themselves
  • Probably makes salary plus commission which leads one toward describing things more harshly to direct people toward roof replacement.

This is an excerpt from Angie’s list about roofers involved in scams in 11 states and is awaiting trial.

“Problems with roofers plague consumers across the country. Over the years, Angie’s List has written a number of articles about crooked roofing contractors and seen the same pattern of fraud, poor workmanship, and storm chasing behavior that leaves homeowners high and dry, with unfinished roofs and water-damaged homes.”
https://www.angieslist.com/articles/roofers-accused-scams-11-states-await-trial-florida.htm

Pros and Cons of using a Certified Home Inspector

Pros:

  • Has no financial interest in the roof needing repair or replacement. (unless getting a kickback from recommending a roofing company)
  • Is required to be personally licensed, certified, and insured in the state and cannot operate under someone else’s license
  • May have as much or more knowledge and experience about commercial roofs than a roofing company inspector

Cons:

  • May not have any roofing experience of commercial roofs
  • May have only limited knowledge of commercial roofs
  • May have limited or no knowledge of roofing materials or typical defects of specific roof types
  • May only go as far as the minimum standard of requirements of their certification. (FYI: Home inspector certifications do not require the inspector to get on a roof)

As you can see, there are issues with finding the right certified roofing inspector to inspect your roof.

Here at All American Property Inspections, we give you the best option and peace of mind to get your roof inspected.

We have the knowledge and experience of commercial roofing with our extensive experience in constructing and repairing commercial roofs. I not only carry certifications for residential but am a certified commercial property inspector as well. I am nationally certified on how to perform roof inspections as well as certified on wind and hail property damage. I have also been licensed under the Construction Estimating Institute for How Hurricanes damage Homes. My knowledge, experience, and professionalism were recognized by Home Advisor and they chose All American property Inspections as the best business 2018 Award.

Inspection Certifications and Classes Completed

What does a Commercial Roof Inspection Cover?

Whether your roof is shingle, tile, built up (tar and gravel), asphalt, modified bitumen, membrane, rubber TPO and EDPM, liquid polymer, or metal roofing, we have the experience and education to inspect your roof right. 

A commercial roof inspection should encompass, but not be limited to;

  • Supporting structures;
  • Roof covering condition;
  • Flashing condition;
  • Roof edging/fascia;
  • Roof penetrations;
  • Roof drains;
  • Evidence of standing water or “ponding”
  • Glazing’s for skylights
  • Roof and attic ventilation

Here is an example of a commercial roof inspection report done by All American property Inspections:

Your detailed report will be easy to understand to give you a thorough inspection report that is detailed and easy to understand using photographs, sketches, and comprehensive explanations.

DIY Guide to Roof Maintenance

DIY Guide to Roof Maintenance

Maintaining your roof as a homeowner is one of your biggest responsibilities. By not maintaining the health of your roof, you are putting your family’s well being at stake. A good way to ensure the long term health of your roof is to make sure that it gets inspected regularly.

DIY Guide to Roof MaintenceThere is a laundry list of issues that could arise should you neglect the health of your roof. For instance, mold, decay, and a wet, weakened roof are all symptoms of a failing roof that could have adverse effects on the homeowner. These same issues can also arise for commercial roofs as well.  It gets even worse if these problems go undetected for an extended period of time. Concerned is relatively higher for those that live in areas that are impacted from in climate weather. If storms impact your home, your roof is more susceptible to failure.

There are simple ways to tell if your roof needs attention by making simple observations yourself. For instance, if you have a roof surrounded by trees, you should observe for mold, fungus or algae that may be arising on the surface of the roof. If you can visibly see streaks on the roof, it’s an indicator that you may have a buildup of a dangerous mold or algae. These issues are particularly common during high periods of humidity, during the spring or summer.

If the roof is in the shade for a particularly significant portion of the time, it’s even more likely to be at risk. The worst-case scenario for letting this sort of issue go unchecked is having your roofing material get eaten away by a fungus or mold, which would cause deterioration which would, in turn, lead to leaking within your home. 

Removing Tree Debris from your Roof can help to extend the life of it. 

As you could likely assume, the quickest and most effective way to rectify this is to trim back trees that are nearby to improve the air circulation.

Another effective way to eradicate the opportunity for mold and fungus to build up is to install zinc strips along the edge of the roof. This will form zinc oxide during rain which will carry a protective coat across the roof that prevents the growth of dangerous mold.

A primary concern should be ensuring that none of the shingles on the roof tear off. If you have weak shingles on the roof, it should be a top priority to repair the damage before wind gusts from a storm get rid of the shingles all together.

Replacing shingles from damaged roofs can be a do-it-yourself project that saves the long term health of your roof. The first step is loosening the first row of shingles that aren’t damaged. Then, you’ll need to pull away from the shingles that are ineffective so that they are separated. Finally, rock the broken shingle until it’s off the roof completely, then replace it with a brand-new shingle.

Roofing is an area of home inspections that can make the difference between a sale or not. 

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip a Home Inspection

There are lots of benefits to successfully having your home inspected. Inversely, the consequences to not completing a home inspection can have jarring ramifications. The many reasons for you to have your home inspected include benefits to homeowners that can save money and lend valuable information. By having a home inspection, homeowners can also gather the potential need for upgrades or repairs that may be necessary. It is generally a way to prepare to ensure the general upkeep of a home. Home inspections can serve a great purpose to the current resident as well as prospective buyers. If you are looking to sell, a successful home inspection can serve as a great negotiating tip. More reasons not to skip a home inspection are below.

To Learn More About The Home

Typically, the most important benefit of a having a home inspection completed is to reveal the big picture identity of the home. Getting a home inspection done will reveal the many nuances that tell the story of your home. Whether good or bad, doing the work to reveal the little known facts about the home will go a long way in caring for it in the future.

To Reveal Illegal Additions to the Home

Home inspections are a great way to tell whether or not the home has had adjustments that aren’t up to code. If your home has an addition that isn’t allowed, for instance a deck that hasn’t been built up to code, getting rid of it will be one of the things on your to-do list before you can think about selling the home. The home insurance can also be put at risk if you learn about additions that aren’t quite up to code.

To Give Yourself Peace of Mind

Even if you didn’t get the results from your home inspection that you quite wanted, the goal of achieving peace of mind can be accomplished. Once you receive the results from your home inspection you can then take action to bring the home up to code. Once you complete the home inspection, you also find out about any issues that could make the home uninhabitable, which also brings peace of mind.

To Determine the Overall Health of the Home

If you have an older home, the health of a home is a bigger concern than average. Though everything may seemingly be running fine within the home, you won’t truly know it’s full condition until you have an expert inspect the home thoroughly.

Insurance Purposes

The reality of the matter is that some insurers will require your home to be in certain condition upon agreeing to issue you a policy. If your home has certain conditions and you find out about them from a home inspection, it could make insuring your home a more straightforward process.

To Help Predict Any Looming Costs

Having a home inspection is a great tool in predicting the costs of future repairs or enhancements. During your home inspection, you will learn about its condition in real time. If there are also certain parts of the home that are aging or wearing away, a home inspection could reveal when you should start looking for a replacement.

Safety: To Learn About Urgent Needs

If you have any conditions in your home that could cause immediate harm to you or your family, a home inspection would reveal that. For instance, a home inspector would be able to detect radon, carbon monoxide or high levels of mold. If this is the case in your home, it could save a lot of hassle in the long run.

To Help Protect Your Investment

Because you’ve already likely made a long-term commitment to the home, you have a vested interest in making sure it lasts as long as possible, or at least long enough to sell. By having a professional home inspection completed, you’ll be able to find out about the steps you’ll need to take to protect your investment long term.

To Get an Unbiased Opinion on the Health of the Home

Because you’ve been attached to the home for a considerable amount of time, having an impartial third party come in to inspect its health is the best way to get an unbiased synopsis of your home. A third party home inspector in Central Florida is the best route to ensure feelings don’t affect an honest assessment.

To Eradicate Pest issues

If you have a looming pest problem that’s yet to rear its head, a great way to either stop one from happening or ending it in its early phases is through a comprehensive home inspection. By having the foundation of the home inspected, you’ll be able to tell early on if there are signs of pet infestations that could damage the home.

DIY Guide to Roof Maintenance

How to Know if You Need a Roof Replacement

Often enough, a roof can reach the end of its lifespan without any noticeable failure other than some wear and tear. Watching for the warning signs of a failing roof can save lots of grief down the road. Delaying the replacement of an old roof could protect yourself from catastrophe. Here are the warning signs you should be on the lookout for when deciding whether or not it’s time for you to replace your roof.

  1. Curling or Missing Shingles:
    Curling Shingles are one of the signs of both an aging roof and excessive exposure to the elements. The fact that your roof is exposed to elements like rain, snow and the sun means that wear and tear of your shingles is inevitable. Broken and missing shingles substantially weaken your roof’s ability to shed water and will in turn become an entry point for water. If you start to experience leakage in your home during rain and snowstorms, that may be a sign that you need to replace your roof sooner rather than later.
  2. Moss and Algae Buildup is Becoming Visible on Your Roof
    If there are dark streaks starting to appear on your roof, there may be a buildup of airborne algae on your roof. Though it makes the roof look older and more worn down, it can be removed with a cleaning solution of bleach and water. If you’re feeling up to climbing on top of your roof, you can clean the buildup of algae easily to bring the color of your roof back to normal. Moss on the other hand can cause substantial damage to your roof that can become irreversible. Moss buildup can certainly be a reason to replace your roof if you feel as though that would be more reasonable than having a professional clean the moss off of your roof for you.
  3. Shingle Granules in Your Gutters
    If you’re constantly finding that your gutters are loaded with shingle granules, it may be a sign that your roof is towards the end of its life cycle. If you find a darker color on random parts of your roof, that is a clear sign that your granules are withering away. Typically, you’ll notice that your granules are starting to go missing once the roof becomes older. Granules are what is keeping your roof weather proofed, and without them your shingles will be exposed when it comes to the natural forces of the elements.
  4. Your Roof is Noticeably Worn
    If your roof hasn’t been replaced in the last 20 years or so, it’s probably safe to assume that you should be considering a roof replacement. Another good way to tell when it’s time for a roof replacement is when your neighbors are getting their roofs replaced. Homes built around the same time experience similar wear and tear and age along the same timeline. Once your roof starts looking worn down in comparison to the homes around it, it is definitely time to shop for a roof replacement.

 

Maintaining Your Roof by Removing Tree Debris

 

This is Bill with All American Property Inspections and during the windy season, we get a lot of debris that falls down off the trees.

This is right after Hurricane Irma, and as you look around, you can see where there has been a lot of debris from the local trees and the oaks.

Why is it important that you remove the debris?  What happens is after a while it begins to decay and then when the wind comes it blows grass seed on top of your roof. Over time that seed turns into grass and now you’ve got a lawn growing on your roof.

If this happens, do not under any circumstance try to pressure wash the grass off your roof. All you’ll do is take the granules with it and damage your shingles. You’ll want to get a professional on your roof to get the debris off of it.

Once it’s gone, then you’ll want to maintain the roof and keep inspecting it on a regular basis.

Trim back branches from your roof to extend the life of it

Trim back branches from your roof to extend the life of it

By doing this one simple repair it can extend the life of your roof considerably!

When doing roof inspections I run across a lot of damage that could have been avoided. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners don’t realize they have the ability to extend the life of their roof by doing simple roof maintenance.

One of the most common things I see are branches that are not cut back away from the roof. Take a look at the video below to see what I’m referring to.

 

As you can see, the branches have damaged the shingles by rubbing across the granules on the roof and ultimately exposing nail heads that begin to rust. When these nail heads rust and shrink, rainwater will get in and can cause a lot of damage inside the attic.

Not to mention that everytime the tree loses its leaves they fall into your gutter system which can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.

By simply trimming back the branches of any tree that is close to your roof you will definitely be able to extend the life of your roof.

If you think your roof may have some damage give me a call at 407-902-7510 or schedule a roof inspection today!