Benefits of Yearly Roof Maintenance: Why Schedule Roof Maintenance

October 2012 Volume 4 Number 10

The questions always come up… “Why should I spend money on something that isn’t leaking?” or “Can you prove there is a return on the money spent?” or “Why do I need maintenance if I have a warranty?”

There is an answer for all these questions.

The life of your roof is directly related to how often it is inspected and how quickly small problems are identified and repaired. The federal government, which is the largest building owner in the United States, found that their average roof lasted less than five years before leakage occurred and less than eight years before replacement. A national roofing association has shown that as many as 35% of all roofs do not reach their expectancy.

The following are causes identified with premature roof failure:

  • 47% is due to poor workmanship
  • 16% is due to poor design
  • 9% each is due to faulty materials and weathering
  • 8% each is due to trapped moisture or mechanical damage
  • 3% is due to roof traffic

    If you do not have a formalized program to inspect, identify, and repair roof problems, how long will your roof last?

Your goal as a Facility Manager, Property Manager or anyone in charge of roofing issues is to extend the service life of your roof as long as possible.

The fact is that programmed roof maintenance makes economic sense. A roof inspected semi-annually can last as much as 50% longer than one that is visited only when there is a leak. Maintenance with documentation provides you with a written history of repairs, a projected life expectancy, and clear budget numbers for future expenditures. It gives you both knowledge and control. It protects your asset and provides value.


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