No one wants to grow old. We do things that delay the inevitable such as cutting out unhealthy food and exercising more to ward off serious health issues. It’s a better plan to take care of minor issues now than to discover something down the road that could shorten our lifespan.
The same concept holds true for your commercial roof. It has a defined lifespan, and certain things will bring you closer to the day that your roof needs repair or replacement. This might include everyday wear and tear from the elements or some sudden event such as a storm.
How Long Will Your Roof Last?
Each extra year that you get out of your building’s roof is money that your company can put towards other things, such as growth or employee incentives. So, how do you get your commercial roof to last as long as possible and save money over the long-term? The best way to accomplish this is to have regular roof inspections that include maintenance and prompt repairs.
When a roof isn’t properly maintained, it may only last about half of its expected service life. You may think that this is why you have a roof warranty, but the devil is in the details. Most roofing materials manufacturers are specific that warranties are only valid if a roof is properly maintained.
How to Maintain Your Building’s Roof
The best and most efficient way to maintain a commercial roof is through a service plan. For example, All Seasons Roofing offers an Annual Flat Roof Maintenance Plan that includes a 75-point inspection. During either an annual or semi-annual roof inspection, a specialist will look at any number of items that you would not normally think to examine.
Roofing inspections will include an assessment of your flat roof’s seams, drainage, and flashings. There will also be an inspection to look for signs of excess traffic, hail damage, and delamination. A flat roof inspection can prevent costly damage caused by clogged drains, failed caulking or flashing, and punctures or tears in the roof.
Budgeting for Roofing Repair and Replacement
Depending on your type of roof and its level of maintenance, commercial flat roofs have an average life expectancy of around 20 years. This does not mean, however, that you won’t have any expenses for two decades after installing a roof.
It’s a better idea to budget for roofing in several key areas. First, put an amount in your budget to cover annual flat roof maintenance. This cost will vary depending on the particulars of your roof, and our roofing specialists will be happy to provide you with a quote. Next, you should set money aside in the event that you have to pay for some unexpected repairs. Finally, your company will want to take a proactive approach to budgeting for roofing by saving enough each year so that you are ready to replace your roof when it is time.
Prioritize Maintenance When Budgeting for Roofing
It would be a mistake to forgo roof maintenance in the belief that your warranty will take care of any issues. This isn’t the case. Not only can roof maintenance save you time and money, but it can also extend the life of your roof and keep your warranty intact.
Repairing a serious problem can be as much as 2.5 times more expensive than the cost of preventing it. If you have a 20-year roof, you may also be able to extend the life of that roof by many more years with regular maintenance.
Contact All Seasons Roofing now to learn more about our affordable commercial roof maintenance annual service plan or to receive answers to any of your roofing questions. We specialize in flat/rubber commercial roofs and services businesses throughout Central Missouri.