If you own a business, you may have had your property inspected by a loss control representative from your insurance carrier. If so, they probably asked you, “Do you have a roof inspection program in place? How often do you have someone inspect your roof?”
The reason they ask these questions is that your roof needs check-ups and maintenance too, just like an automobile or any other mechanical system. Inspecting your roof on a regular basis (two times per year) can prevent possible water damage to the interior of the building and expensive repairs down the road.
Establishing a Roof Inspection/Maintenance Program includes:
- Establishing a file for each building roof.
- Inspecting the roof in the spring and fall.
- Taking note of when the roof was installed.
- Taking note of when repairs or updates were completed.
- Checking for any current roof leaks.
- Checking the interior of the building for signs of leaks (water-stained ceiling tiles, discoloration on interior walls and around windows).
- Taking photos of the roof.
- Keeping a copy of each inspection report.
Your loss control representative can help you establish a program and may even be able to supply you with a checklist. If you are not able to inspect the roof yourself, a roofing contractor can provide these services for you, as well.
If you have any questions about setting up a roof inspection/maintenance program, contact your local independent agent for guidance and assistance.
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