As a leading regional manufacturer of roof sheeting we consistently warn our readers and site visitors of the necessity to be proactive with roofing, prior to the hurricane season.

However, Global warming and ensuing tidal and storm weather have ceased to be seasonally predictable, placing us at constant potential risk.  In this light, we ask our readers to be vigilant and recognise that checking roof sheets is an important preventive measure to ensure its stability and integrity.

Here's a checklist of steps to follow
when inspecting a galvanised roof

Visual Inspection
Begin by visually inspecting the entire roof surface from ground level. Look for signs of damage, corrosion, loose fasteners, or any other visible defects.

Check for Loose Panels
Walk around the perimeter of the building and inspect the edges of the roof for any loose or lifted panels. Secure any loose panels or fasteners to prevent them from becoming dislodged during a storm.

Inspect Flashings and Sealants
Examine the flashing around roof penetrations such as vents, chimneys, and skylights. Ensure that flashing is securely attached and sealed with appropriate sealants to prevent water infiltration.

Clear Debris
Remove any debris, leaves, branches, or other objects that may have accumulated on the roof surface. Clearing debris helps prevent clogged gutters and drainage systems, reducing the risk of water pooling or backup during heavy rainfall.

Check Gutters and Downspouts
Inspect gutters and downspouts for blockages or obstructions. Clean out any debris and ensure that gutters are securely attached to the roof edge to prevent them from becoming loose or detached in high winds.

Inspect Roof Anchors and Tie-Downs
If the building has roof-mounted equipment, check the anchoring and tie-down systems to ensure they are secure. Reinforce or repair any loose or damaged anchors to prevent equipment from becoming airborne during the storm.

Examine Roof Edges and Overhangs
Pay close attention to roof edges, eaves, and overhangs, as these areas are vulnerable to wind uplift. Ensure that fascia boards, soffits, and trim are securely attached and free from damage.

Secure Loose Items
Remove or secure any loose items or equipment on the roof, such as satellite dishes, antennas, or solar panels. Reinforce or anchor these items to prevent them from being blown away by strong winds.

Inspect Structural Supports
If possible, inspect the roof structure from inside the building to check for signs of sagging, bowing, or other structural issues. Address any structural concerns promptly to prevent roof collapse or failure during a storm.

Emergency Supplies
In addition to roof inspection, ensure that emergency supplies, such as tarps, sandbags, roofing cement, and tools, are readily available in case of roof damage or leaks during a storm.

By following these steps and conducting a thorough inspection of the roof before storm weather, you can identify and address potential issues proactively, helping to minimise the risk of damage and ensure the safety and integrity of the roof and the building.

We consistently maintaining standards, choice, availability and supply, to suit our unique region.  And at ex-factory prices with consolidated shipping throughout the Caribbean, we will get your project moving quickly and effectively.

Call us today.  Talk to our highly experienced sales staff
who will lead you through the process and discover
why we are 
ECMIL | The Steel of The Region

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NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.