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Commercial Building Inspections

Since 1996 we have been specializing in commercial building inspections. We provide commercial inspections for the following buildings; office, medical, retail, mixed use, warehouse, and apartment buildings throughout NJ.

Buying a commercial building is one of the biggest decisions and investments you will ever make, and one you will live with for a long time. Although the process is very exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming.

While the building you have selected may appear to be just what you are looking for, how can you be sure there aren’t any serious deficiencies that can make your investment a costly one.

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Fortunately, you do not have to face this decision alone. We at C.M. Burrows Inc. encourage you to join us during the visual inspection and we will point out and explain any problems, as well as the good features of the property.

Our company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your building. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose any deficiencies and advise you with proper recommendations.

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In today’s demanding real estate market place, C.M. Burrows Inc. delivers customized reports that are accurate and easy to understand.

The easy-to-understand line item summary page and detailed photo image page save valuable time and makes the report easy to understand

Why Are Commercial Roof Inspections Important?

Your roof system is an invaluable commodity that should be safeguarded at all costs.

commercial building roof inspections

Commercial Building Roof Inspections

That being said, most facility managers and property owners usually only think about their roofs when there’s a problem. While unfortunate, it’s certainly understandable. The roof isn’t something you typically see on a routine basis, if ever. Nonetheless, an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to commercial roof maintenance is never a good thing.

Commercial roofs are under constant attack from the elements. By addressing small problems now, you can avoid much bigger—and far more expensive—problems in the future. That’s why routine inspections are an integral part of any commercial roof maintenance program. They are a simple and cost-effective measure to maximize your roof’s performance and increase its life cycle.

While it is the job of the roofing contractor to know how to conduct a proper inspection, building owners should also know what to look for so they can make informed decisions related to their roofs.

How Often Should a Commercial Roof Be Inspected?

Commercial roofs, at minimum, should be inspected twice a year without fail! The ideal time of year to conduct a roof inspection is in the spring and fall. This ensures the roof will be prepared for the extreme weather and temperatures that usually accompany the summer and winter months.

While it can be challenging to maintain the recommended biannual inspection regimen, committing to a maintenance plan for your roof can significantly minimize recurring problems and help to ensure the long-term performance of your roofing system.

Common Roof Deficiencies:

  • Exposure to the sun, inclement weather, heavy winds, etc.
  • Structural movement (aka thermal movement)
  • Ponding water / Poor drainage
  • Rust/corrosion (specifically on metal roofs)
  • Punctures, cracks, and tears (usually caused by severe weather, mechanical damage, or foot traffic)
  • Debris, dirt, and other surface contaminants
  • Biological growth
  • Shrinkage
  • Poor installation
  • Neglecting maintenance
  • Clogged roof drains.

What is checked and inspected

Commercial roof inspection

Commercial roof inspection

Exterior Components

  • Exterior walls
  • Roof edge, fascia/coping
  • Expansion joints
  • Penetrations (chimneys, vents, skylights, exhaust fans, etc.)
  • Drainage system (gutters, downspouts, scuppers, etc.)
  • Field of roof (surface condition, rust/corrosion, ponding water, granule loss, etc.)
  • Substrate firmness
  • Base flashings
  • Seams and fasteners

Interior Components

  • Interior roof deck
  • Ceilings
  • Interior walls

Rooftop Equipment

  • HVAC systems
  • Communication equipment (satellite dishes, antennaes, etc.)
  • Rooftop signage
  • Solar panels

Additional Inspections:

  • In many cases, an infrared moisture scan may be conducted during an inspection to detect any moisture in the roofing assembly that may not be visible to the naked eye. Specifically, an infrared camera is used to inspect the insulation and layers of the roof that could potentially be saturated from leaks.
  • Most infrared scans are done at night as the roof surface begins to cool down. This helps the camera better detect temperature variations between saturated and unsaturated areas of the roof. The images produced help contractors identify areas of saturated insulation that need to be replaced.
  • Other moisture detection equipment, such as hand-held moisture meters or deck scanners, can also be used to more accurately identify areas of saturation within a roofing assembly.

Condo Inspections

We provide inspections for the following; condos, co-ops, and townhomes throughout NJ.

Buying a condo is one of the biggest decisions and investments you will ever make, and one you will live with for a long time. Although the process is very exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming.

While the condo you have selected may appear to be just what you are looking for, how can you be sure there aren’t any serious deficiencies that can make your investment a costly one.

Fortunately, you do not have to face this decision alone. We at C.M. Burrows Inc. encourage you to join us during the visual inspection and we will point out and explain any problems, as well as the good features of the property.

Our company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your condo. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose any deficiencies and advise you with proper recommendations.

In today’s demanding real estate market place, C.M. Burrows Inc. delivers customized reports that are accurate and easy to understand.

The easy-to-understand line item summary page and detailed photo image page save valuable time for the property owner.

Multifamily Home Inspections

Since 1996 we have been specializing in multifamily inspections. We provide inspections for the following; Multifamily homes, 2 family homes, 3 family homes, 4 family homes, apartment homes, and apartment complexes throughout NJ.

Buying a Multifamily dwelling is one of the biggest decisions and investments you will ever make, and one you will live with for a long time. Although the process is very exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming.

While the multifamily dwelling you have selected may appear to be just what you are looking for, how can you be sure there aren’t any serious deficiencies that can make your investment a costly one.

Fortunately, you do not have to face this decision alone. We at C.M. Burrows Inc. encourage you to join us during the visual inspection and we will point out and explain any problems, as well as the good features of the property.

Our company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your condo. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose any deficiencies and advise you with proper recommendations.

In today’s demanding real estate market place, C.M. Burrows Inc. delivers customized reports that are accurate and easy to understand.

The easy-to-understand line item summary page and detailed photo image page save valuable time and makes the report easy to understand

New Construction Inspections

Since 1996 we have been specializing in New Construction inspections. We provide inspections for the following; Residential homes, condos, co-ops, townhomes, multifamily homes, and commercial buildings throughout NJ.

Buying new construction is one of the biggest decisions and investments you will ever make, and one you will live with for a long time. Although the process is very exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming. While the new construction you have selected may appear to be just what you are looking for, how can you be sure there aren’t any serious deficiencies that can make your investment a costly one.

Fortunately, you do not have to face this decision alone. We at C.M. Burrows Inc. encourage you to join us during the visual inspection and we will point out and explain any problems, as well as the good features of the property. Our company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your dwelling. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose any deficiencies and advise you with proper recommendations.

In today’s demanding real estate market place, C.M. Burrows Inc. delivers customized reports that are accurate and easy to understand.
The easy-to-understand line item summary page and detailed photo image page save valuable time.

Home Inspection Services

Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions and investments you will ever make, and one you will live with for a long time. Although the process is very exciting it quickly becomes overwhelming.

While the home you have selected may appear to be just what you are looking for, how can you be sure there aren’t any serious deficiencies that can make your investment a costly one.

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Fortunately, you do not have to face this decision alone. We at C.M. Burrows Inc. encourage you to join us during the visual home inspection and we will point out and explain any problems, as well as the good features of the property.

Our company is dedicated to providing you with valuable information about your new home. We thoroughly inspect all major components of the subject property to expose any deficiencies and advise you with proper recommendations. Through years of experience we specialize in the home inspections and home energy audits along the Gold Coast of Hudson and Bergen Countys focusing on residential homes, townhomes, condos, new construction, multifamily homes, and commercial buildings.

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In today’s demanding real estate market place, C.M. Burrows Inc. delivers customized reports that are accurate and easy to understand.

The easy-to-understand line item summary page and detailed photo image page save valuable time and makes the report easy to understand.

Structural Inspections

We perform a detailed structural inspection of every home. 

The key components that we inspect during the structural portion of each home inspection are the foundation, floors, walls, columns, piers, ceilings, roof structure and attic. We also check for signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building as well as signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.

We report on the type of foundation: Masonry Block, Brick, Rock, Poured Concrete, etc.

We report to you  what the Columns and Piers were made of: wood, concrete, brick, masonry block, steel columns, and/or steel jacks.
We report on the roof type.

What is a structural inspection?
A structural inspection is a detailed report of all the aspects of the structure’s integrity.  We will inspect the slab or pier and beam foundation, inspect the interior walls, exterior veneer, and roof system.

What are possible structural issues?
Possible structural issues include sagging roof systems, lack of gutters, slope of the yard / improper grading, sagging / cracks main beams and girders, cracks / differential displacement of the foundation walls, termite infestation / damage, water/ moisture penetration through foundation walls, and a tree’s root system being to close to the foundation.

Mechanical Inspections

Our licensed home inspectors will perform a detailed mechanical inspection of every home.

The key components that we inspect during the mechanical portion of each home inspection are the heating system, air conditioning system, ductwork, venting, fireplaces / chimneys, plumbing system, bathrooms, hot water heater, electric, and major appliances.
We also report on the approximate age of the systems to determine and make you aware if they are near the end of there useful life spans.

We report on the type of heating system: Forced hot air, forced hot water, steam, radiant heat.

We report on the type of plumbing components: Age and size of the water heater, cast iron or plastic waste piping, copper or plastic supply piping.

We report on the electric amperage and type of distribution wiring.  

What is a mechanical inspection?
A mechanical inspection is a detailed report of all the aspects of the mechanical systems of the home.  We will inspect the heating system, air conditioning system, ductwork, venting, fireplaces / chimneys, plumbing system, bathrooms, hot water heater, electric, and major appliances.

What are possible mechanical issues?
Possible mechanical issues include waste plumbing lines that are not draining, low water pressure, active leaks below bathrooms from pipes or tub / showers, an old hot water heater that is leaking, loose / hanging live electric wires, old knob and tube wiring, a federal pacific main electric panel that can be a fire safety issue, heating or air conditioning system that is not functioning and has improper ductwork, fireplace / chimney that has soot build up with a damper that is not functioning.

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