Extending Roofing Life – Part 1

December 2009, Volume 12

Don’t Ignore Roof Maintenance When Budgets Are Tight

In these times of economic uncertainty, delaying a costly roof replacement project may not only be desired, it may be a financial necessity. Tough times call for innovative and proactive thinking in regards to the roof system. As the economic downturn squeezes budgets, facility executives should reassess their long-term goals and short-term needs in regards to their facilities’ roofing systems.

Roofs fail for many reasons; the sad part is that many fail years before they should. The causes of premature roof failure include poor design, poor materials, poor installation, lack of maintenance, natural causes, man-made concerns (e.g., material defects, incorrect or lack of response to roof problems), tenant abuse, change in building use, building component failure due to incompatibility of components, and rooftop traffic by other trades. Proactive roof maintenance can often detect early signs of failing components and allow time to mitigate the concerns and increase the roof’s service life.

Now, more than ever, facility executives should think about their roof maintenance program to try to extend the life of the roof. All roof systems require maintenance. In fact, most roof warranties require it, so failure to do so may void the warranty, bring about an early demise of the roof and result in unwanted moisture intrusion, production and work stoppages, and upset building owners. In addition to preventing the premature or untimely demise of the roof system, maintenance will extend the service life of the roof, thus promoting a key element of sustainability: long service life.

In many cases, roof systems protect 95 percent of a building owner’s assets, yet they are a relatively fragile component of a building. The roof system often is subjected to wind, hail, snow, rain and ultraviolet energy, as well as foot traffic and various forms of abuse from mechanical equipment. While many components are more visible to be maintained on a regular often is overlooked.

Leading causes of premature include poor roof design and of proper maintenance and lack of appropriate repairs. Properly maintaining the roof can extend the service life, thus deferring costly roof replacement. This can allow time for financial planning for future replacement. It also helps ensure that there are no roof-related interruptions to the building occupants, which is more important than ever given pressure on organizations to survive in these tough financial times.

Ultimately, the surest way managers can maximize roofing system performance is through relatively inexpensive regular preventive maintenance.

One facilities manager says that because of routine roofing maintenance at his organization, 15-year- old membrane roofs with a 10-year guarantee still have intact membrane fields. This case is proof positive that managers who conduct regular preventive maintenance and respond immediately to roof damage can extend roof longevity and potentially postpone reroofing requests from capital budget.

Next Month: Part 2

December 2009 Volume 1 Number 12

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