High & Dry – Keep your roof leak-free on a budget.

When you break down what you really want to get out of your roof, it’s basically as simple as (1) avoiding leaks, and (2) minimizing costs to maintain it.

You want predictable performance and budget certainty. You want to prevent surprises, which in “roof language” typically equates to huge capital outlays that you weren’t planning for. In other words, you don’t want to have to reallocate capital resources that could be better spent on inventory and growing your business.

A roof represents roughly 10% of the initial construction cost of the building, but can account for as much as 90% of the building’s repair costs over its lifetime — although it doesn’t have to.

Managing your roof assets on a budget doesn’t mean neglecting repairs “until it gets really bad.” It’s quite the opposite, actually. It means being disciplined with maintenance and taking care of the small things in a timely manner before they become major, budget-stretching events.

Taking a few well-organized, proactive steps in the maintenance of your roof can dramatically reduce the amount of money you spend on it, and can help you prevent a premature, costly roof replacement.

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