What to Look for During Your Springtime Roof Inspection

Roy Ahrens on May 18, 2016 8:59:32 AM

Rittman High School | Simulated Metal Roofing SystemSpring is a popular time of the year to conduct inspections. Winter can have negative effects on roofing systems, so it’s best to perform inspections as soon as the weather becomes more favorable in order to preserve the integrity of your roof. Be sure to focus on the following items during your inspections in order to maintain the performance and longevity of your roofing system.

Obvious Signs of Damage

The natural first step during a roofing inspection is looking for anything that is visibly wrong with your roof. This could be physical damage to your roofing system, such as structural deformations and cracking, or the presence of foreign objects, such as dirt/debris and standing water. These signs will generally be easy to spot and should be taken care of immediately as to not damage your roofing system further.


After a long winter, flashings may have suffered some damage along the way. Flashings break the roofing membrane and are therefore more susceptible to leaks than other areas of your roofing system. Infrared inspections can help assist you in regards to detecting moisture within your roofing system.

Foot Traffic

In order to properly inspect your roof, a contractor and their crew will need to walk around your roof. Excessive foot traffic can be equally as damaging to your roofing systems as a harsh winter. Be sure to control access to your roof, only sending individuals up when it is necessary in order to minimize potential damages and falls.

Interior of Your Roofing System

Don’t forget to inspect the inside of your building during your roofing inspection. Structural damage could occur in cases of excessive snow / water build up or hidden leaks could begin to rot or rust your structure - compromising your entire building, not just your roofing system.

Be sure to ask your contractor questions during your roofing inspections to ensure that you get the most out of your inspection.

What do you look for during a regular spring roof inspection? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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