If you are a building owner or facility administrator, the costs of commercial roof maintenance are likely one of your main concerns. You might do this by handling problems as they arise, but this could be the more costly approach. When you are proactive about the upkeep of your commercial roof, there are many benefits to your business.
Proactive vs. Reactive Commercial Roof Maintenance
The “fix it when it breaks” mentality is not always the best approach to major building systems such as commercial roofs. A roof is a major investment in your business and few business owners like a surprise financial outlay.
One of the best things about taking a proactive approach to maintenance is that you are heading off potential problems in advance. By contrast, taking a reactive approach could mean that a possible repair has turned into damage so severe that a full roof replacement is necessary.
Not sure which approach is right for your business? There are quite a few benefits to choosing a proactive approach to commercial roof maintenance.
Minimize Your Costs
Maintaining your roof might cost you some money, but not as much as dealing with expensive repairs or a full roof replacement. According to Buildings.com, facility managers and owners that react to problems as they occur pay an average of 11 cents more per square foot on annual roof maintenance than those who are proactive. No matter the size of your roof, these costs will add up over time.
Protect the Interior Against Water Damage
Leaky roofs are generally an issue when there has been an undiagnosed or unaddressed problem with a roof. These leaks can cause extensive damage to the interior of a building, which can also result in costly repairs. When you have regular commercial roof maintenance, the chances of this occurring are much less.
Most property owners and facilities managers have tenants, and there is a duty to provide an operable and leak-free premises. Of course, natural disasters are events that are beyond your control, but preventative roof maintenance can ensure that your roof is in the best shape to sustain damage. It can also help mitigate your exposure to risks from falling debris or slip and fall accidents.
Avoid Unscheduled Downtime
Time is money for just about any business, so avoiding unscheduled downtime should be a priority. If you are taking a proactive approach with your commercial roof maintenance, you have a greater chance of identifying issues before they become major problems. A minor repair may not require downtime whereas a major one could inconvenience your company and its clients.
Increase the Life of Your Roof
Experienced roofers will tell you that being proactive with your roofing system is the best way to extend its life. The average lifespan of a reactively maintained roof is just 13 years compared to an average of 21 years for one that has proactive maintenance. This means that you could add up to 8 years (on average) to the life of your commercial roof by taking a few simple steps.
Turn to All Seasons Roofing, LLC to give your commercial roof the proactive care its needs. Contact us now at 573-634-2241 to discuss your roofing needs and be sure to ask about our Annual Flat Roofing Maintenance Program. We specialize in flat commercial roofs and serve businesses throughout Central Missouri.