The roof is often the most ignored and forgotten property component. But unfortunately, it is one of the most expensive items to replace. Routine, annual inspections are critical to mitigating damage. Inspection should cover the entire roof -- flashings, sheet metal and drainage components. Look for leaking or missing condensation lines, as well as loose or missing equipment access panels that can blow off, puncture the roof and causes leaks or discharges. When it comes to finding a good roofer, check with other property managers in your area. Get a copy of the roofer's scope of work as it relates to inspections.
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