Inspections

 As part of your maintenance plan, W.S. Aiken conducts annual and bi-annual inspections to assess the overall health of your roof including the membrane seams and base attachments. We assess the impact of roof traffic, containments, drainage, windstorm damage, and moisture infiltration and report back any issues we see or foresee and repairs that must happen to extend the life of the system and prevent future damage.

 
We also offer Infrared Moisture Surveys of roof tops as a precautionary effort to reduce risk for moisture damage. We identify existing and potential moisture problems and work with you to address repairs if needed. Click here to download a sample analysis.
 
During our inspections we review the condition of the membranes and base attachments and assess the impact of the following (click to see slideshow of membrane inspection):
 
  • Roof Traffic: Roof traffic is essentially unavoidable. Traffic most often occurs near roof access or roof top mechanical equipment that is periodically repaired. It is important to monitor the roof in order to identify traffic related problems.
  • Containments: Membranes are designed to resist the elements. Contact with chemicals, oils, fats, and other substances can contribute to the deterioration of a membrane. Kitchen exhaust fans can deposit grease onto a roof and AC units or other mechanical equipment can leak oil onto the membrane.
  • Drainage:  Standing water can lead to significant problems for a roof. Standing water contributes to the deterioration of roof systems and puts additional stress on a roof. Standing water is often found in the center of roof beams or joists or in proximity to rooftop equipment. Drainage systems include drains, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts. A small puncture in a membrane on a roof with good drainage is less likely to become a serious problem than a small puncture in the membrane with poor drainage.
  • Windstorm damage: Storms can damage a roof in numerous ways. Rain and snow can cause drainage problems. Wind forces damage gutters and downspouts, blow debris onto a roof, or event tip heavy roof equipment onto a membrane. Your roof should be inspected as soon as possible after any storm with high winds.
  • Moisture Infiltration: There are a number of ways moisture enters a roofing system. Moisture infiltration risks include: skylights, flashing, masonry, and even large rooftop units and penetrations.
 

 

Inspections