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Commercial Roofing: Top Tips When Purchasing a New Property

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When purchasing a commercial property, you need to do a thorough inspection of the roof to ensure it is in good condition. Failing to do so could end up with you spending much more money on fixing or replacing the roof than the property is worth.
Here at Abbey Roofing, we carry out roofing inspections and maintenance regularly and know the most commonly occurring faults with commercial roofing that are missed during roof inspections. We’ve listed them here to help you avoid a money pit.


Any sign of leakage on the inside of the roof is a serious problem as it hints at an underlying problem with the roof’s structure. Signs of water damage include damp patches, standing pools of water, fungus growing on flashings, cracked tiles or slates and rotting wooden shakes. These are all very clear indications that there has been previous water damage that has weakened the roof.


Insulation is important to help keep your premises a comfortable temperature, and an inadequately insulated roof can be a huge drain on resources. When having the roof of your premises inspected, make sure that your contractor checks the underlay as well as the roof surface to ensure that the roof membrane is sufficiently sealed.


Insulation and ventilation go hand in hand, with ventilation being important for effective air circulation within your property – this air flow allows cold air to be replaced with warm air and vice versa, so both your ventilation and insulation need to be adequate for your premises’ conditions to be controlled. Insufficient ventilation can cause mould, so look for the warning signs in your property, and more specifically, in the attic.

Sub par roofing material and minor structural damage

Whether it’s from damage or using cheap materials, if the roofing material for your property isn’t up to standard, it could lead to much larger problems somewhere down the line. Any imperfections noted that may not be an issue now but could develop into problems are down to the buyer to fix, the seller is under no obligation to do so, so ensure that your contractor is rigorously checking all aspects of the roof, including flashings, sheet metal, drains, fascias, chimneys, drip edges and gutters.

Following our top tips and hiring a professional and reliable contracting company should ensure that you find a viable commercial property that meets your requirements. Abbey Roofing are experts in the installation of commercial roofing and can assist you in making the best choice for your property.

Abbey Roofing are one of the leading roof specialists serving the areas of Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire and North- North West London. With over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry and fully trained and accredited contractors, you can count on Abbey Roofing for a high quality roofing service. Get in contact today for more information on our services, we’ll be happy to help.

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