10 Essentials For Every Flat Roof Maintenance Checklist

Very few pieces of paper are as valuable to your business as a flat roof maintenance checklist. It may not look impressive, but keep it handy anytime you deal with your company’s low-slope or flat roof. A checklist helps ensure a long life for one of your business’s most important assets, your commercial roof.

Check and Double-Check

A flat roof maintenance checklist ensures you miss nothing when you or your local commercial roofer examines your business’s flat roof. You have too much to do already; why run the risk of missing some vital issue with your company’s roof during roof maintenance and inspection?

Only go onto your flat roof if you feel safe in doing so. Keep a sense of spatial awareness so you know where the roof edge is at all times. Watch out, too, for projections and depressions which could cause a slip and fall incident. When you, your facilities crew, or your roofer is on the roof, this checklist will help everyone focus on the roof and its condition.

Flat Roof Inspection Checklist

  1. Have a rooftop inspection toolkit
  2. Keep records
  3. Perform active triage
  4. Look for visible damage
  5. Wear and Tear
  6. Flat roofing specific damages
  7. Walls
  8. Chimneys, vents, & roof hatches
  9. Roof deck
  10. All surface leaks

Three Keys to Success

The first three items in our 10-point checklist are your keys to long-term success with your commercial roof:

  1. Have a rooftop inspection toolkit at the ready, whether you are accompanying your roofer or going it alone; the kit should include this checklist, a pad and pencil to take notes, a camera for recording pictures, your building’s roof plans or aerial photos, a 50-foot tape measure, and an LED flashlight to peer into dark areas.
  2. Keep a running record of everyone who visits the roof; record their name, what company they represent, why they are on the roof, and where on the roof they are working or visiting.
  3. When you inspect your roof, perform an active triage, with each item (seam, HVAC curb, vent, scupper, etc.) receiving one of three designations: good (no action needed), fair (monitoring required but no immediate action required), or bad (requires immediate attention to prevent further damage).

A Trio of Trouble

While outside and navigating the roof, these three categories of problems should be given special attention:

  1. Visible damage and debris — organic matter; blocked, clogged, or broken gutters; dislodged downspouts; damaged internal drains; signs of insect intrusion.
  2. Wear and tear — look for age-related issues with flashing, chimneys, vents, fascia boards, drip edge, roof decking, and structural steel; are parts missing, or do you see corrosion, rust, or rot?
  3. With flat roofing — check for ponding, punctures, blisters, missing ballast, elongated fastener holes in metal pieces, open or loose seams in the single-ply membrane, and wind scouring.

Interior Signs of Roof Damage to Inspect

The final four items can be checked off inside your property. Keep the checklist handy and inspect:

  1. Walls — when looking for interior signs of roof damage, look for signs of mold, dark spots, peeling paint, or dampness.
  2. Chimneys, vents, and roof hatches — search for signs of dampness which could flag a roof leak; you may have to feel walls for moisture or coldness.
  3. The roof deck — check the structural integrity of wood elements, rust in steel components, and the condition of sheathing or deck plates; check for light coming in from above (a sure sign of a hole and therefore a source of water infiltration).
  4. All surfaces for leaks — Leaks can run down walls, drip from ceilings, or crawl across horizontal surfaces; take pictures and, if you are working alone, immediately contact your professional roofer to consult with you on the leaks and remedies.

Now What?

After working your way through your flat roof inspection checklist, what are you to do with the information you gained? If you inspected your commercial roof and roof deck alone or only with your facilities crew, contact your nearby commercial roofer for additional help with roof maintenance.

If you inspected the roof with your contractor, they can discuss strategies for dealing with all the issues, from the good to the fair to the truly bad. Both of you will have a good understanding of the problems, since you both witnessed them. Your roofer, of course, draws on deep reserves of experience to correctly diagnose leaks and recommend remedies.

Plan to get the “bad” spots repaired immediately, as in within days at the most. Your building is vulnerable to further, greater damage if you do not address the small leaks and minor problems.

Your roofer can share with you the several issues your own facilities crew can handle. Turn to your commercial roofer for major repairs to keep your warranties in force. Your in-house crew can usually handle light roof cleaning and interior maintenance. Trust your roofer to solve drainage, seam, and deck problems. Connect with your ally in commercial roofing today, Damschroder Roofing Inc. For businesses in the North West Ohio area, we provide the perfect partner for full roof replacement and more.

Looking for roofers for your commercial and industrial building project?  Call Action Roof Service on

Family Family- As a family of co-workers, we treat each other and our customers like family. Family is at the core of who we are.
“Family isn’t an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox
Accountability Accountability We do the right thing, the right way-every time.
“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” (moliere)
Customer Relationships Customer Relationships- We build long lasting relationships with our customers by listening and delivering peace of mind through exceptional service.
“Realize that everything connects to everything else.” Leonardo Da Vinci
Striving for perfection Striving for perfection - We provide outstanding products and unsurpassed service that, together, deliver premium value to our customers.
“There’s no such thing as Perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence.” Vince Lombardi
Innovative Thinking Innovative Thinking - We use our proven process to come up with new ideas and solutions for our customers and their unique situations. “Innovation is change that unlocks new value.” Jamie Notter
Grit Grit - Passion, perseverance and persistence to get the job done right. “True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.”

Damscrhoder Roofing Inc.

Manufacturers

Damschroder Roofing was founded in 1976 and has been a family, locally owned business for over 45 years. We pride ourselves on the quality process we provide to all of our customers from start to finish.
Despite having back-to back great sales years, Damschroder Roofing continually strives to improve. Sales Transformation Group’s Ryan Groth is on-site for in person sales training this week. #salestransformationgroup #salesgenerator #leadingtheway ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Congratulations to Ian Rammel, Sales Director, for receiving our Core Value Award for Accountability for the second year in a row! Thank you, Ian, for helping our sales team take ownership of their activities, efforts, and performance, giving us an outstanding year in roof sales.#accountability #SalesPerformance #commercialroofingcontractor ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Don't let your roof be over-shadowed by the Total Eclipse...once the sun shines bright again, give us a call for your commercial roof inspection!419-332-5000#celestialpause #totalitycool #moonstruck ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
From all of us at Damschroder Roofing, we hope you have a Blessed Easter!#HeIsRisen #heisrisenindeed #happyeaster ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Our Leadership Team meeting today, setting goals for a productive 2nd Quarter!#problemsolving #q2success #leadershipgoals ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Applause to Jesse Sauseda for receiving the Damschroder award for Striving for Perfection. Jesse is passionate about providing our customers exceptional quality and service. In striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence!#excellence #StriveForPerfection #commercialroofingcontractor ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Cheers to you, Daniel Smith, for receiving the Damschroder Core Value award for Customer Relationships the second year in a row! Smitty is one of our top salesmen who treats our customers with utmost care, delivering peace of mind through exceptional service.#CustomerRelationships #salesexpert #damschroderroofing ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Congratulations to our Service Project Manager, Jeff Beckley, for receiving Damschroder Roofing's 2023 Core Value Award for Innovative Thinking. We appreciate Jeff's ability to come up with new ideas & solutions for our customers and their unique situations. #corevalues #innovativethinking #employeeawards ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
We would like to recognize Kahner Kreilick for receiving our "Above & Beyond" award for 2023. Kahner goes above and beyond each and every day in many different ways for Damschroder. We appreciate you Kahner!#employeeappreciation #damschroderroofing #aboveandbeyond ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Congratulations to Damschroder's 2023 Employee of the Year, Jordan Alvarado! Jordan exhibits excellent work ethic and dedication each and every day on the job. We appreciate you and the value you bring through your work.#damschroderroofing #EmployeeOfTheYear #WeValueFamily ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
© Copyright - Damschroder Roofing INC | Website By Rockit Creative Solutions
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram Skip to content