What’s Damaging Your Academy Roof?

School Roof Dangers

Spotting early warning signs of roof damage is essential before they turn into costly and disruptive repair jobs. What should you look out for during a regular inspection of your school roof?

At IKO we only work with NVQ assessors and our teams all have valid DBS certificates and installations are provided through a number of accredited local and national roofing contractors. Put your bid application in the safest of hands by getting in touch with us:

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Roof deck (Surface)

Debris accumulation and vegetation growth on a surface that wasn’t designed to be a ‘green roof’ is a warning sign of damage. Check for cracks, blistering and wear spots on the roof deck.

Roof deck (Underside)

Damage is not always immediately visible. Examine a small sample of the underside of your roof deck for rot or warped boards in wood; cracks, stains, chips or splinters in concrete or gypsum; and rust spots in metal.

Roof lights and detailing

Cracks and chips, leakages around the joints, internal moisture and condensation or a build-up of moss and lichen around roof lights should never be ignored as they can compromise the structural integrity of roof features. Take extra care when examining roof lights and detailing and never assume the structure is weight bearing.

Drainage and condensation

Ponding/standing water (and ice accumulation in winter), incorrect or lack of falls and blocked drains and gutters are all signs something’s not right with your roof. A saturated roofing build-up or dampness and mould on a ceiling will need urgent attention.

Interior and exterior walls

Chipped or discoloured paint and signs of dampness on your walls (especially if they are brown in colour) can also signal your waterproofing has failed. These signs should not be ignored.

Flashing, coping and jointing

Damaged or fragile roof lights, loose torn or missing coping or cracks, gaps and damage to jointing are signs your roof is in need of some TLC.


Finally, if your school was built before 2000, there is a risk asbestos may be present. Do not take any risks if you are unsure about asbestos as disturbing the material is highly dangerous.

IKO can help with checking your school roof for signs of damage. For peace of mind and assistance in applying for CIF funding get in touch to arrange your FREE no-obligation roof condition survey. Put your bid application in the safest of hands.

FREE school roof condition evaluation and report