Roofing Maintenance may not be on the top of most property managers’ To Do list, but it should be. At JDR, we often hear, “Out of sight, out of mind”–until there is a major leak or damage occurs to the inside of a building. Preventing Problems with Roof Maintenance saves money, time, and aggravation.
Consider These Facts:
More than 80 percent of all roofs are replaced prematurely.
The average building owner will spend more than $127,500 on roofing over the life of the building. Protect your investment!
A roof maintenance program can save up to 50 percent over the life of a 30-year roof compared to replacing it every 15-20 years.
A roof can leak for days, weeks or months before it is noticed inside the building.
The goal of any Maintainance Plan should be to achieve maximum roof service life at the least possible cost. Most commercial roofing contractors offer maintenance services. Shop around and find a company that’s right for you. The bare-bones components of a maintenance package should consist of the following:
Regular visual roof inspections
Photographic, digital and/or written documentation of the roof conditions
Quotes for recommended work
Repairs for deficient conditions
Routine maintenance as needed
Preparation for severe weather as the seasons change
Industry studies show that a proactive maintenance program can lower the average life-cycle cost of a roof to $0.14 per square foot. A “reactive” maintenance program—where the contractor is called in only after problems are discovered cost a lot more. These studies show that roofs with proactive maintenance programs can last 21 years, compared to only 13 years with a reactive program.
In closing, preventing problems with roof maintenance ensures the best value for your building and your business.