During these unprecedented times that have created economic pressures, it is vital for property owners and managers to spend their money wisely and manage facilities’ assets properly. The ultimate goal should be to achieve maximum service life from your facilities – the structures that house the very livelihood of your company. For this reason, maintenance of your structure’s exterior is a must. Roof maintenance specifically in conjunction with modern life-cycle assessment techniques has never been more important.
Problem Prevention is your Best Value
An “Out of Sight-Out of mind” attitude towards your roofing as well as poor asset management could cost you time and money. Premature roof failure has burned far too many investors and property managers. When water leaks into a structure, hard assets, corporate profits-and reputations start taking a beating.
Unfortunately, because we live in a world looking for short-term, quick-fix solutions, we often compromise by taking the road of least resistance. When it comes to roofing, we frequently believe that if our roofs are not leaking, we don’t need to bother with them. However, this attitude doesn’t coincide with reality. Here are a few facts*
- More than 80% of all roofs are replaced prematurely.
- The average building owner will spend more than $127,500 on roofing over the life of each structure.
- The average cost of a new commercial roof is more than $50,750 (average 10,000 sq foot average)
- Repairs, maintenance and/or roof restoration costs thousands of dollars less than roof replacements.
- Roof maintenance programs are tax-deductible just as other forms of maintenance.
- Roof maintenance programs typically cost about 1-3% per year of the estimated total replacement cost (type and program structs vary)
- A roof maintenance program can save up to 50% over the life span of a typical roof life of 25 years, compared to replacing it at 15-17 years.
- A roof can leak for days, weeks or months before it shows noticeable interior damages to drywall, paint, carpets or furnishings.
- Damages caused to saturated insulation may cause long-term damages from mold, mildew and other dangerous issues. These issues may bring on mitigation or possible negligence suits.
Roofing Maintenance Responsibility
If a building owner or manager starts out with a problematic roof, the situation typically goes downhill quickly. Thus, creating a long-term maintenance nightmare.
Let us assume we are starting out with a reasonably good roofing installation as part of a new roof replacement system or new construction of a multi-million-dollar investment. Our goal is to immediately, from year one, take on a preventative maintenance program to ensure the maximum service life of this roof.
Maintenance is the responsibility of ownership. Manufacturers’ warranties require it. Also, no dollar limit (NDL) warranties do not cover problems related to a lack of maintenance. If water backs up in a leaf-clogged roof drain, the service call can cost as much as $500. Most roofing contractors offer maintenance services. However, contractors should run separate dedicated roof maintenance divisions staffed by their most experienced teams. The bare-bones components of a maintenance package should consist of something like the following:
- Roofing inspection-including a visual inspection, not just a drone inspection
- Photographic, digital and written documentation of the roof conditions.
- An itemized list of deficient conditions
- Quotes for recommended work and itemized scope of work to be completed.
- Photos and proof work was completed per manufactures requirements
- Routine maintenance schedule in place
Save Money with Roofing Maintenance Programs
A maintenance program can even help building owners and management teams with upfront expenses. Certifications and extended warranties may be available such as those from Restoration RX. A LeakFREE roofing certification may be available as well. This certification will ensure all leaks or issues will be resolved immediately and with little or no additional fees. Not to mention Restoration RX certifications come with annual inspections. These inspections help prevent unexpected surprises and catch small problems before they become big-ticket expenses.
Industry studies show a proactive maintenance program can lower the average life-cycle cost of a roof to $.014 per square foot. A “Reactive” maintenance program, or lack of a program at all, where a contractor is called only after problems are discovered, costs on average of $.027 per square foot. Finally, these studies show that roofs with proactive maintenance programs can last 21-23 years. Compared to only 12-15 years with reactive programs with no scheduled maintenance.**
Maximize Your Roof Life With Restoration RX
In conclusion, property owners and management companies need to adopt a proactive roof maintenance protocol. Such protocols will give the maximum service lives to roofing systems, and reduce the collateral damage caused by leaking roofs and pocketbooks.
The roof is the cap of the entire structure. It takes the brunt of all of mother natures fury. A breach in the roofing system will cause a breach to other essential property systems. Let Restoration RX provide an onsite, in-person inspection of your property. Our NRCIA forensic-trained inspectors will provide a detailed program that will keep your structure and pocketbook LeakFREE so you can focus on what makes you money.
**sources: GAF certified Maintenance Professional Manual-2012, Roofcare 2015, Association of Physical Plant Administrations 2009, National Roofing Certification and Inspection Certification 2019.