ON A LARGE ROOF, MAKING REPAIRS CAN BE A CONFUSING TASK
If you own or operate a building with a small roof, say 10,000 square feet or less, then keeping track of areas you need to repair isn’t extremely difficult. However, what do you do if you have a 1,000,000 square foot roof? Can you keep track of all the areas you need to repair in your head? Probably not. In the case of the large building, it is supremely important to have a good roof sketch or diagram that allows you to mark repairs during your inspection. If you properly mark areas that need to be repaired, you can relocate them later and make the repairs. Let’s look at three ways in which a good roof sketch helps you make effective and efficient repairs to your roof.
Avoid Carrying Tools During Your Inspection
When you inspect a large roof, it’s a good idea to carry some small, manageable tools. You should have a screwdriver to replace fasteners that have backed out, and perhaps a tube of caulk to repair any small pinholes or cracks you may find. But you can’t carry large equipment necessary to fix every problem that arises, your inspection would take a week!
By utilizing an accurate roof diagram and marking down spots that need to be repaired during your inspection, you can count on being able to find the problems again at a later date and don’t have to carry a 50 lb. tool bag with you during the entire inspection.
Plan Your Repair Process
Another significant benefit of a good roof diagram is that you can plan your repairs before getting up on the roof. You know what type of issues you’ll be repairing, and can therefore plan what tools you need, how long it will take, what you’ll do first, etc. Rather than going up on the roof to just repair things as you see them, you can have a plan and can be prepared. It’s always better to be prepared rather than caught off guard.
Relay Your Needs to Your Contractor
Finally, a good roof diagram allows you to tell your contractor exactly where the problems on your roof are. Your contractor may get on your roof and decide that he wants to repair things differently than you had thought, but at least he will know where to look for issues on your roof. If you don’t have a roof diagram from your inspection, you’ll have to walk the entire roof with your contractor again, or try to explain to him where the problems are, which can be difficult.
Keeping a good roof diagram and making notes on it during your inspection is a great way to save time and money on your roof repairs. It helps you inspect your roof more efficiently, repair it more efficiently, and work with your contractor more efficiently. A good roof diagram is easy to put together and very valuable once you have it. Put together your roof diagram today!