If you’re like most companies, the most expensive facility upgrade you’ll make is replacing the roof. With regular maintenance, a company can reduce the needed repairs over the lifetime of the roof to less than 5% of the upfront costs.
So making sure your roof stands up to the weather, normal wear and tear, and time is paramount.
You may want to make sure your facilities department or building vendor is doing all it can to extend the lifespan of your roof.
Here are two strategies worth considering that will get the maximum expectancy out of a roof:
1. Always spot-check after storms
Many roof vendors recommend you check the roof for punctures, tears, cracks and leaks at least every six months. So a lot of businesses will get up there and do a quick check at the end of the fall and spring seasons.
But you should also be checking after major rainstorms, heavy snowfall, windstorms and hurricanes, as well.
That’s because bad weather typically causes drainage problems that lead to leaks and water damage.
Check that your facilities pros clear debris, such as tree branches, off the roof after a storm. Keep the gutters and spouts clear of leaves too.
Make sure flashing and downspouts are in good shape. Small problems, such as rusted screws in the drainage system, can lead to leaks during heavy rain.
2. Consult with the roof manufacturer
Many roof repairs can be handled in-house with patching materials sold at home centers.
But not all products work best with all types of roofs.
For example: Some types of mastic coatings don’t adhere properly to all kinds of roof materials.
The manufacturer can help with suggesting repair and maintenance strategies that increase performance.
Also: Take a peek at the warranty before making repairs in-house. Manufacturers often cover some repairs that companies shell out for instead.