We get it. Property managers don’t have a lot of free time on their hands and trying to maintain your commercial property roof can be a big time-suck. Not to mention roofs are hard to reach and expensive to repair. 

However, maintaining a commercial roof is critical to the health of the property and happiness of the tenants. Property managers have to keep an eye on their roof, and it’s essential to resolve minor problems before they turn into expensive failures. With this commercial roof inspection checklist, we hope we can make your life a little easier.

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Commercial real estate properties can sustain damage from storms, hail, wind, ice, and pests. This damage is often overlooked and neglected, and can lead to leaks or bigger problems like roof rot and total roof failure. 

We’ve put together a checklist for property managers to complete a bi-annual roof inspection. Use this roof inspection checklist at the start of every spring and autumn to check for damage, and be sure to call a roofing contractor if you notice anything out of the ordinary. 

Commercial property roof.

The Commercial Roof Inspection Checklist for Property Managers 

The only way to fix a problem is to find where the problem originated. Regular maintenance inspections typically focus on the following areas:

  • Decking– The foundation of a roofing system that connects the roof to a house
  • Surface– Any type of material that composes the roof’s exterior 
  • Roof vents– Prevents the warm air from building up 
  • Flashing– Surrounds roof features to direct water away from critical areas 
  • Gutters– Directs water to the downspouts 
  • Drainage pipes– Move water from one place to another 


Becoming familiar with your roof can be your greatest asset as a property manager. By performing regular inspections you can stay up to date on all of the problem areas and be able to act quickly in case of emergency. 

Check for Large Debris 

Obstacles left in the wrong place on a commercial roof can lead to drainage problems, mold, roof rot and worse. Pick up any branches, leaves, plastic bags, and anything else that ends up on a commercial roof. 

Inspect for Standing Water

Standing water can be a threat to the integrity of a commercial roof. Be aware of any slow draining areas or ponds of water pooling on a roof’s surface. Also look for any color changes in the materials or stains around draining points to see if water is pooling on the surface. 

A property manager performs repairs on his commercial roof.

Inspect Roof Surfaces 

Equipment can blow over or sustain damage during storms and inclement weather. Spot any issues as quickly as possible, ideally after every strong storm, to prevent any long term damage. 

Look for Cracks or Tears 

Cracks, cuts, or tears in the roofing material can occur after a strong storm or by passing debris. These cuts can lead to roof leaks, structural damage, and expensive repairs. Make sure to check the edge of the materials since these spots are vulnerable to the elements and must be properly attached to the roof flashing.

Clear Gutters, Drains, and Downspouts 

Blocked gutters can cause water to pool on the roof and lead to extreme moisture issues. Damaged downspouts can cause further, more serious issues to develop. 

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Roof maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping a property up and running. Property managers should use this checklist once in the spring and once in the fall and after every severe storm to ensure that roof damage stays minimal. Routine checks and maintenance can also keep repair costs low and increase the longevity of a commercial roof. 

If you suspect a problem on your commercial roof, call a local roofing company and express your concerns. Most roofing contractors will perform a complimentary roof inspection and highlight any trouble areas for you. 




Foothills Roofing and Exteriors is a local Denver and Boulder metro areas roofing contractor. At Foothills Roofing and Exteriors, the driving principle is to create an outstanding customer experience. We do this by offering every client a lifetime workmanship warranty, an upgrade to at least a 40 year impact resistant roof, and many other premium upgrades that come standard with every roof that we install.