Roof inspections usually occur when a problem arises and only replaced when it is an absolute must. But if properly maintained, roofs can extend its useful life. Extending roof life starts with regular inspections. It is recommended that roof inspections are conducted twice a year: once after the coldest weather and once after the hottest weather (and always a good idea to inspect the roof after a major weather event).
Inspections are inexpensive and can provide valuable information that can prevent expensive repairs later. Roof inspections are the first step in a pro-active roof management program that can help owners plan and schedule repairs rather than be placed under stress and attend to emergency leak repairs.
The most common reasons for roof inspections:
Weathering and aging
The benchmark for multiply low slope roofs is 20 to 30 years and approximately 15 to 25 years for single-ply roofs. All roofs undergo normal weathering and aging, and the effects are usually visible.
Routine Maintenance Damage
If your roof is not protected correctly, damage can occur from tradespeople performing maintenance on air conditioners and other systems. This sometimes occur because of tradespeople failing to close access panels or clean up their debris.
High winds, hail and other weather events can create damage to roofs. Therefore, roofs should be inspected immediately following weather events to prevent further damage.
Water standing on roof increases the likelihood of leaks and moisture infiltration. Ensuring good drainage is a very important reason for regular roof inspections. Leaves, trash, debris, and thrown objects often clog or obstruct roof drains.
Thieves often break into buildings through unlocked roof hatches or skylights. Regular inspections can disclose security breaches and enable owners to reduce the likelihood of burglary, whilst a broken skylight is likely to be a source of water leakage, unsecured skylights can also present a security threat.
Leaks after heavy rain are the primary trigger for most inspections. But a leak is only symptomatic of a problem that may have been building for some time. However, without evidence of a roof leak, a festering problem of undetected moisture infiltration may continue to create unseen deterioration, such as rotting wood, mould, wet insulation or corrosion. By assessing moisture leak this may lead to termite infestation detection.
Traditional manual roof inspections require people to climb onto roofs and take images by using scissor lifts, cherry pickers, scaffolding, harnesses or high ladders. This can be time consuming, labour intensive, costly and potentially dangerous as the work involves the use of elevated work platforms and significant planning.
Let Air Inspect Australia assist you with providing high quality roof inspections with a collection of accurate visual data provided within 24 hours. Our drone pilots use drones fitted with a 4K-HD camera to conduct roof inspections capturing evidence of defects or damages in parapets, gutters, roofing materials, skylights and high-rise windows.
Our drone pilots are fully insured, licensed and experienced to save you time, cut costs, produce better imagery and deliver efficiencies.