For Inspections of Manufacturing facilities The bigger the flat, or slightly sloped roofs are, the more potential for ballast (gravel over the membrane) air pockets that can make the gravel fall away, and expose the membrane that can be degraded by ultraviolet rays.
Depending on client needs or accepted risks, and property types, some inspections can require the involvement of specialists, and some can be done by a more generalist commercial building inspector or engineer. Each varying degree of review or assessment will involve various costs and time frames.
Once the PCA is completed, a written report (also known as the property condition report, or PCR) is compiled and delivered to the client within an acceptable time frame. The report may include such items as concerns observed, recommendations for repairs or further inspections, opinions of the likely cost of future capital projects, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance surveys.
Experienced commercial building owners, net lease occupants, commercial property investors, and lenders know the importance and benefits of hiring a qualified team to perform a property PCA.
PCAs are not to be confused with facility condition assessments, which are similar in nature but serve a different purpose.
PCAs are used by various parties to support their financial modeling of the property. They are intended to be unbiased technical opinions of the upcoming capital work required at the property, but can reflect the ownership strategy of the building owner. For example, a long-term building owner like a pension fund may take a different approach to capital projects than an owner with a shorter-term ownership horizon. The PCA author strives to understand the ownership objectives so they can be considered when developing the list of forecasted projects.
Individual owners, buyer and lessees also order PCAs for knowledge of general conditions before leasing or purchasing, and upon the termination of a lease for proof of any required maintenance or deposit recovery.