Regular roof inspection and maintenance help you save money, time, and headaches in five ways:
1) More time between replacements. The biggest reason to maintain your roof is that regular maintenance extends the roof’s life and protects your investment. Today’s benchmark is 20 years on a properly installed and maintained roof. Without maintenance, the expected lifetime averages less than 10 years.
2) Avoid structural damage. Roof leaks lead to rusted steel or rotting wood, damage that can compromise your facility’s structural integrity and require a costly fix.
3) Preserve your building’s interior. The contents of your building are probably worth more than the cost of a roof repair. What happens if water drips on computers or the manufacturing production line in your facility? How much equipment could you lose?
4) Reduce hassle and liability. When water comes in, the typical temporary solution is to put out five-gallon buckets to catch the drips. In offices, apartments, and particularly in a retail setting, this presents an obstacle that can overflow and create a slippery surface, increasing the risk of personal injury. A lack of leaks also means fewer leak calls, making your life easier and allowing you to budget for planned roof maintenance instead of spending money responding to emergencies.
5) Plan future re-roofing or replacement. Proactive roof maintenance can incorporate budgeting ahead to ensure that you can afford replacement when you need it. While roof retrofit costs can be $10 to $20 per square foot, it is an optimum way to reduce a building’s energy use and expense.