Most of you change your car oil and the filters in your homes’ heating unit. The concept of Proactive Maintenance does not need to be explained. We want to give you some good reasons you should treat your commercial properties the same way.
Sometimes it is easy for property managers or HOA boards to look at Preventive Maintenance bills and wonder if it’s worth the cost to continue. Let’s take a moment to compare the cost of reactive roof expenses. It’s pennies per square foot. An emergency roof leak repair could cost $500-$1,000 for a square foot patch. A 2015 national study concluded the average proactive life-cycle cost was 14 cents per square foot. The average reactive life-cycle costs 25 cents per square foot.
Almost every manufacturer today requires that you take reasonable care of your roofing system (regular inspections, cleaning, and repairing) to keep their warranty intact. Failure to do so can void the warranty.
Another national study found commercial roofs with proactive maintenance bring the average life-cycle up to 21 years compared to 13-17 years life for a reactive approach.
Neglected roofs can lead to major capital expenses. Small defects left unattended for long enough can result in major capital expenses (insulation, deck replacement, or facility shutdown). Wet insulation loses R-value, adding to heating/cooling expense. A maintained roof can possibly be recovered or coated. It’s much less expensive to recover or coat than to tear-off a wet roof.
For more information or help creating a Proactive Roof Maintenance, Asset Management, or starting a general maintenance program, contact your specialist; Spann Roofing.