Fall Roofing Checklist

Fall Commercial Roofing Checklist

Fall is the elite season: leaves change from green to golden red, the temperature is perfect for sweaters, and most importantly, Bears fans, football season is finally back.

And while you’re getting your fall clothes out and getting your Justin Fields jerseys ready, Ridgeworth Roofing has one question for you.

Is your commercial roof ready for fall?

Fall roof preparation ensures that your roof is ready for winter—one of the most challenging times for a commercial roof. Since the fall weather is milder and conditions are safer, this time of year is the perfect time to check things out and take the necessary steps to ready your roof for the coming months.

Our fall roofing checklist features 5 easy steps to ensure your commercial roof is ready for changing seasons.

Fall Roofing Checklist

Ridgeworth Roofing’s fall commercial roof checklist wants to help you get the most out of your roof. Replacing a commercial roof is time-consuming and costly, so we always suggest regular maintenance to avoid unexpected expenses.

While some of this checklist requires you to be on top of your commercial roof, safety is critical. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and communicate with your team members that you are on the roof.

If you’re unsure, call Ridgeworth Roofing. A roofing expert will schedule a maintenance appointment to review everything on our checklist.

1. Clean your commercial roof.

As leaves fall this autumn, be wary of the dangers that come with them for your commercial roof. Number one on our fall commercial roofing maintenance checklist is to clear your commercial roof of leaves and debris.

Leaves collect on your roof, clog gutters and downspouts, and block drains. If it’s safe to take a walk on your roof, head up there and remove any leaves and debris that may have gathered on the roof surface.

This will help prevent water from backing up on your roof and possibly leaking into your building. When water ends up pooling on your roof, there is a strong possibility for leaks and, worse yet, cracks in your ceiling.

Simply cleaning off any leaves and debris from your commercial roof prevents unwanted damage and downtime for your business.

If it’s not safe for you to do it yourself, contact a professional roofing contractor to clean things up.

2. Look for damage from summer storms.

Item two on our fall commercial roofing checklist: watch out for damage from summer storms.

Your roof might have sustained some damage if your area experienced severe weather during the summer months. 

Keep an eye out for damage when cleaning up your commercial roof. If anything looks unusual, broken, or excessively worn, take note and contact a professional roofing contractor to take a look. 

Look out for loose or missing shingles, curling or peeling shingles, and broken flashing. These are obvious signs that a summer storm damaged your commercial roof.

Give your roofing contractor a call if something doesn’t look right with your rooftop mechanicals. It’s far easier to fix these things before the snow and ice make climbing on your roof difficult.

3. Clean your gutters.

Similar to the issues with leaves and debris on your roof, if you leave your commercial roof gutters unattended during the fall, significant problems are likely on the horizon.

As rainwater pools up, it may be unable to move through your gutters. Water soaks into the leaves and debris, thus adding extra weight to your roof. The more clogged your gutters are, the more standing water is pooled on your roof.

Standing water adds unnecessary weight to your commercial roof, causing leaks, cracks, and pressure leading to expensive (and untimely) repairs.

Another danger of clogged gutters is that pooled water develops mold, mildew, and fungus. All of those elements lead to the deterioration of your commercial roof and can lead to needed repairs.

4. Check for interior water spots.

Maybe you forgot to clean your gutters, or a bad summer storm ripped through Chicagoland. Now is the best time to walk around the inside of your building and look for any water stains on the ceiling.

A leak is the most common and obvious sign of water damage, but there are other signs to look out for.

While investigating the interior of your building, look for peeling, flaking, or bubbling paint. You may also notice warped walls, mold, mildew growth, and stains on the ceiling.

If at any point in your walkthrough you notice these issues, call Ridgeworth Roofing immediately. A member of our expert commercial roofing team will set you up with an appointment to get everything fixed.

5. Schedule a roof inspection.

Last item on our fall commercial roofing checklist: schedule your quarterly and annual inspections.

Every commercial roof owner needs a yearly inspection, but quarterly inspections are also helpful. Ridgeworth Roofing will inspect your roof for any damages caused by summer storms.

Our goal is to ensure your commercial roof is healthy so that it is ready for the coming months where access might be more difficult. 

If you haven’t yet done so, schedule your annual preventative maintenance. A pair of expert eyes on your roof can make all the difference.

Bonus Tip: Check your roof periodically.

Once you’ve cleared your roof of debris, go back and check it now and then. Those leaves can be relentless, particularly after a storm. Check-in on your roof when you’re able—and, of course, only when it’s safe.

Frequent inspections can only elongate your commercial roof’s lifespan.

Ready for your fall commercial roof inspection?

You can’t stop the leaves from falling, but you can control the maintenance of your commercial roof and its readiness to take on the months ahead. 

When you’re ready for your fall commercial roof inspection, call Ridgeworth Roofing, and one of our expert roofers will get everything sorted out for your next appointment.