Once the building process is completed, most building owners (and homeowners) don’t think about their roof again. That is, until it leaks, but by then it may be too late. But don’t worry! There are steps you can take to ensure you NEVER have to experience the frustration you’ll feel when your floor is covered in buckets that are quickly filling with water – water that is leaking from your roof.
1) What’s Up, Roof?
No, seriously…what’s up with your roof? The most important thing you can do for roof maintenance is to know the present condition of your Roof System.
Did you know that when your building was new, the roof cost was only 5% of the total construction cost? If the one building component that keeps the other 95% of your building dry fails, think of how much your business would be impacted by that. Production lines shut down. Inventory ruined. Productivity reduced. Water damage. It’s a total nightmare, really.
2) An Apple A Day...
How often do you change your oil on your car? Every 3000 or 5000 miles? If you never changed your oil in your car and then had a problem, would the manufacturer cover that blown engine? No.
Well, it’s the same thing with a roof system! Manufacturers require in the warranty that a Professionally Licensed Roofing Contractor – approved by the manufacturer of your roof system – perform Annual maintenance on your Roof. Failure to adhere to the terms of the warranty could actually void it, leaving you unprotected with a sieve for a roof.
Annual or Bi-annual maintenance does a number of things:
- Keep drains clean and debris off the roof surface which keeps water from pooling on your roof causing weight overload
- Identifies potential problems that may let water into your building, causing damage to the insulation, metal decking and your inventory
- Informs you of the present condition of your roof
- Estimates the life expectancy of your roof system
- Provides the opportunity for you to budget for major repair or replacement
3) The Fountain of Youth
We’d all like to look and function like we’re 20 years younger, but unfortunately they haven’t found the real fountain of youth yet. But researchers HAVE found it for your roof, and it’s as simple as Roof Maintenance! Research by RCI (Roof Consultants Institute) indicates that roof maintenance could extend roof life by as much as 50%. That’s like being 60, and having the energy of a 30 year old! Wow!
Have a professional roofing contractor survey your roof regularly – annually, bi-annually, semi-annually or monthly. The technician should provide you with a written report as to the age of the system, including any available historical data and what deficiencies are observed now. Further, they will detail what repairs and maintenance are required today, and will recommend future service projections.
In order to optimize the life expectancy and performance of your roof, Maintenance and Inspections should be performed in the spring in order to check the condition of the roof system after exposure to the winter elements. Fall Maintenance and Inspections are important to determine the roof condition prior to winter and to allow time for the proper repairs to be made to limit leak possibilities.
It’s A No-Brainer, Really….
So, take control. Put a Service and Maintenance Plan in place with a reputable licensed roofing contractor. These comprehensive evaluations can help you plan for what’s to come, and take actions to prevent catastrophes and to extend the life of the roof system. With replacement costs increasing, and budgets tightening, a small Bi- annual investment will extend the service life of the system, and will push off the Major expense of a roof replacement.
Because let’s face it: the only place Mother Nature should be is on the other side of that roof.