As a commercial property manager, you must plan a maintenance schedule to ensure that roof problems are dealt with as soon as possible. Without regular maintenance, you might be setting yourself up for a series of surprise payments. Here are ways to plan maintenance effectively to keep repair costs down.
Setting a Roofing Maintenance Schedule
Unscheduled or emergency repairs can mean rearranged schedules, coordinating repair crews, and possibly closing your business to get extensive repairs fixed. Your roof should be inspected by a certified professional at least twice per year (spring and fall), or whatever the manufacturer’s warranty requires. Routine maintenance can double the life of your roof from ten to twenty years if you fix problems early.
Since no roof is designed to last forever, you should plan on replacing your roof over its lifespan, which may be as much as 25 years. A certain amount of money should be devoted to a new roof each year. Then when it’s time to replace the roof you will have available funds saved up.
Types of Repairs Roof Maintenance Usually Prevents:
- complete recovering or replacement before the lifespan is reached
- structural damage from rusted steel or rotted wood
- internal building damage
Steps Toward Proactive Maintenance
The key to cutting costs on roof repairs is to develop a Roof Asset Management (RAM) program, which combines preventive maintenance, inspections and repairs. In order to achieve this goal, you must free yourself of the “break, then fix” mindset of only thinking of fixing leaks as they occur. It’s imperative to take the extra step of checking for as many small leaks as possible for each inspection.
Investing in a RAM will save you money in the long run because you’ll most likely be paying for small, preventative repairs instead of emergency, invasive repairs. It really is simple money planning.
One of the most crucial steps to protecting your roof is clearing debris that might clog gutters. Making sure drains and joints work properly will go a long way in reducing future roofing problems. The type of roof – such as metal or wood – will determine how you approach maintenance since different materials are associated with different forms of degradation. The slope of the roof will also affect how much debris needs to be cleaned regularly. A major key to preventive maintenance is documenting the history of your roof.
Take the important step of developing a regular roofing maintenance plan by contacting us at Perfection Roofing. Working with experienced professionals will ensure that inspections and repairs are done properly so that you can extend your roof’s lifespan as much as possible.