Do the Math: Preventative Maintenance

Do the Math:

Preventative Maintenance

A commercial roof costs quite a bit of money. Shouldn’t you be done paying for it once it’s been installed?

Not if you want to keep it for as long as possible.

Yes, preventative maintenance costs money. But just like your car,  if you don’t take care of your roof, it won’t take care of you. Ongoing preventative maintenance can prolong the life of your roof—but you have to be willing to invest in it.

Consider the life cycle of a typical commercial roof. Let’s say the price of your commercial roof was $100,000. Without regular preventative maintenance, in 20 years you’ll have paid $5,000 a month for that roof, but you’ll be replacing it after those 20 years. If you take that same roof and invest in preventative maintenance, that roof’s considerably longer lifespan will reduce its monthly cost to around $3,300 per month, plus the cost of any repairs as they arise.

A rule of thumb in our industry is best illustrated by the phrase “Roofs don’t leak, details do.”

Regular preventative maintenance allows for your professional roofing contractor to examine those details and address small problems before they become larger and much more costly problems. For most commercial roofs, the minor issues roofers discover during routine preventative maintenance have to do with details. Pitch pans or penetration pockets, for example, often need their sealer updated or topped off.

Preventative maintenance ensures that a professional will be walking on your roof and examining it closely at least once a year. This gives them the opportunity to remedy issues such as clogged drains, remove debris, and identify damage related to rooftop mechanicals or unrelated rooftop work. A skilled roofing contractor will start with the details and check every one.

The maintenance needs of an individual roof depends on the building’s size and logistics, as well as its location and how the surrounding environment impacts the roof.

Most manufacturers require proof of preventative maintenance as a condition of their long-term warranties, no matter the length of the warranty. That alone provides enough reason to invest in the maintenance of your roof.

A thorough inspection takes time, and in the end your contractor should provide you with a dated record of what they observed (ideally with photos), a proposal for necessary repairs and the comfort that comes with knowing that a professional has evaluated the state of your roof.

Yes, preventative maintenance costs money. But the peace of mind and long-term savings it provides is certainly worth the cost.

Extend Your Roof’s Life

Preventative maintenance costs money—but when it comes to your roof, it’s an investment that delivers. Protect your commercial roof’s long-term vitality and increase your return on investment with regular preventative maintenance.

Ridgeworth Roofing’s comprehensive preventative maintenance programs can extend the life of your roof and give you the peace of mind you need to keep your roof above your head and off your list of worries. Give Ridgeworth Roofing a call today to learn more about how we can help you.