The Right Maintenance. Most if not all roofing material manufacturers require some sort of regular roof maintenance or roof inspection to maintain a active warranty. Occasionally damage may occur and the Proper repair by an authorized roofing contractor is also a very critical part of maintaining a healthy warranty. A small investment for an annual or bi-annual roof inspection can and has proved to make all the difference in your proper asset management. “An out of sight, out of mind” mentality is a dangerous mentality that many property owners and managers carry toward their roofing systems.
The Proactive strategy is the best strategy in preserving and maintaining the longevity of your roof. It is proven that a well maintained roof lasts longer and saves
Proper asset management should extend to regular preventative care for your roof, such as
- Regular cleaning and attention to normal wear.
- Annual roof inspection and evaluation.
*Maintaining an up to date and accurate roof evaluation of your roof can keep you on top of any new or unknown damages and or problematic issues. Catching problems while they are still manageable is key in proper asset management. Additionally, many manufacturers offer warranty extension incentives for documented inspections.
Proactive Vs. Reactive Roofing Maintenance Approach
“Proactively maintained roofs last an average of 21 years compared to an average lifespan of 13 years for reactive maintenance.”
Serious building owners should believe in routine preventative maintenance as proven insurance in maximizing the longevity of their investments.
It is recommended that your roofing system be inspected bi-annually by a roofing contractor who is trained and certified with the manufacturer of your roofing system. These inspections should be filed with all attached reports and photos. In the instance a warranty claim is to be made on your roofing system, the manufacturer may require documentation and photos of proper maintenance and inspection.
Many owners take an out of sight out of mind approach with their roofs. However, taking a proactive maintenance approach over the reactive maintenance approach, not only extends the life of your roof but provides significant cost benefits.
Owners and facility managers who choose to react to problems as they occur, pay an average of 25¢ per square foot annually for maintenance. Owners and facility managers who inspect and repair routinely (proactively) – before problems happen – spend an average of only 14¢ per square foot annually. Proactively maintained roofs last an average of 21 years compared to an average lifespan of 13 years for reactive maintenance.
The longer you can extend your roof’s life before replacement, the more your total savings will increase and costs of your roof’s life cycle will decrease.
A properly planned and executed preventative “proactive” maintenance program is an essential for any property manager. A well documented file should be produced for each roof and roofing system. The file should include the following:
- A detailed description of all roofing components. 2. The date of installation. 3. The name of roofing contractor. 4. The “as built” specifications and drawings.
- All reports by the roofing inspector during the construction of the roof. 6. All roof guarantees from manufacturers and the roofing contractor. 7. Bi-annual inspection reports with photos.
Roof inspections and repairs will add years to the life of your roof. A roof maintenance program will help you in allocating the proper capital for extended periods of time, and your budgets for repair/replacement will be in place when needed.
“Simply put, a well maintained roof lasts longer and saves you money.”