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Executing Your Plan for Roof Inspections


The most important part of a roof inspection plan is execution. Writing down a plan doesn’t help you detect issues with your roof before they are out of control, but getting up on your roof and carrying out your inspection plan do. It can be very hard to stick to a plan when you get busy and don’t want to commit time and resources to a roof inspection. Below are a few quick tips for making sure you keep up with your roof inspection plan. If you follow these, steps, you will hopefully detect all issues with your roof before they are major problems, and make small, inexpensive repairs rather than large, expensive, time-consuming repairs.

Tip #1: Remember the Goal

Many people think they are saving money by skipping roof inspections or not doing them as thoroughly as they should. By making their inspections quick, they think they are saving the company money and will be able to get other things done. However, skipping out on roof inspections tends to lead to larger cash expenditures later when the problems become so severe they can be detected without a formal inspection.

Remember: You are trying to prevent large maintenance problems and significant roof issues. Don’t “save money” by skipping your inspection only to spend 2, 3, maybe 5 times the amount of money you saved in two years.

Small roof inspections
Smaller roofs can be inspected by one employee, but bigger roofs often require a team.

Tip #2: Don’t Burn Yourself Out

It is very easy to start thinking about roof maintenance and roof inspections, and write a plan that has you on the roof twice a month, for two days, checking every square foot of roof. In a perfect world, that may be how often you inspect your roof, but it isn’t very realistic or cost-effective.

Don’t write your plan so aggressively that you set yourself up for failure. Think realistically about how often you will be capable of getting on the roof, how much time you can devote to the inspection, and how thorough you can afford to be. Don’t too easy on yourself, either. If you schedule one inspection every five years, that is also ineffective. Just be realistic about how often you should inspect your roof, and how often you can inspect your roof.

Tip #3: Get Adequate Help

This tip goes hand in hand with tip #2, in that if you bite off more than you can chew, you will dread your roof inspections and are less likely to perform them. Don’t do it all yourself, get a couple of your members up on the roof with you and allow them to help you perform the inspection. This will make the process more enjoyable, more effective, and more efficient.


To ensure that you perform your roof inspections on schedule and complete them properly, remember these tips. Keep in mind why you are inspecting your roof, and the amount of money that it could save you, and don’t bit off more than you can chew. Whether that means not scheduling too many inspections that you can’t handle or not taking on the  challenge alone, you need to make sure that you set realistic goals for your roof inspection plan.

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