This storm season has affected several states in the United States this year. It’s a good reminder to plan ahead for extreme weather and natural disasters. For starters, use this checklist as a guide.
Checklist for Roof Storm Preparedness:
- Check that all internal drains, scuppers and downspouts are clear of debris and are operational
- Note areas of any ponding water on the roof
- Inspect drain strainers for proper securement
- Inspect roof for loose debris or materials that are not part of the roof system or rooftop mechanical units
- Ensure there are no overhanging obstacles such as tree limbs and other vegetation
- Check that fasteners on metal components are in place, properly sealed and secure
- Review coping cap joints for proper seals and integrity
- Inspect metal edge and trim components for proper securement
- Inspect pitch pockets and other roof penetrations for sealant condition
- Check all roof penetrations and terminations to ensure they are sealed against water entry
- Check the overall condition of the roof membrane for blisters, ridges, splits or cracks, open end or lap joints, exposed felts, lack of surface aggregate or coating
- Ensure roof hatch latches are operational and lock properly
- Inspect snow guards or snow retention system for missing units or loose connections
- Inspect lightning protection terminals and cable for secure attachment
- Inspect mechanical units for proper structural anchorage and note any mechanical units or roof features which are not fixed to the roof structure
- Ensure access panels and filter screens are installed properly and securely
- Ensure condensate drain hoses and pipes are turned down and draining properly
For an inspection from one of our trained professionals, contact your local Garland representative!
Stay safe out there.