In today’s economy, companies are more likely to spend capital on fixing machinery, ensuring constant power, or upgrading safety infrastructure as opposed to less dynamic equipment such as a roof. While on the surface this may seem like a good idea, the contrary is true. By not performing routine maintenance on an important item such as your roof, you are shortening the lifespan of one of the most important components to your business/home. A sturdy roof is important because it protects us from Mother Nature. A new residential roof can cost in the tens of thousands and a commercial roof can cost much more. By undertaking a preventative maintenance program, you can help ensure your roof lasts as long as possible.
The Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP) was undertaken by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. In 2005, the pioneer program placed the roofs of 6 sites across the country under its care. The program emphasizes strategic, preventative maintenance and proactive repairs in order to save money. The results are clear. As of today, the program has saved $7 million in construction costs, added $19.3 million in value to the roofing portfolios through preventative repairs, and increased the average life of the roof inventory by 25%.
3 Preventative Roof Maintenance Program Tips
Three things that should be found in every roof maintenance program are:
- Regular Inspections: It is recommended to have your roof checked annually for spots, leaks, cracks, and other problems. Be sure to get these fixed before they become even bigger problems.
- Clean and Clear Surface: Make sure your roof is clear of any debris. Ensure the surface is clean from mold, algae, and black stains.
- Functioning Drainage System: Always check for clogged gutters. Make sure there are no leaks and water is able to flow freely away from the structure.
A preventative roof maintenance program will save you money over the long run. By allocating time and resources towards regular roof maintenance you will be rewarded by an increase in the longevity of your roof. It’s much easier to spend a few bucks today than a lot of money tomorrow.
Know Who to Call
The professionals at Crown have years of experience maintaining and repairing residential and commercial roofs. Crown handles all types of roofing systems from tile, shingle, slate, and metal. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown has offices across Central, South, and Southwest Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.