4 Ways to prevent a premature roof replacement
Proactively manage your roof and drastically reduce the amount of money you spend on it and prevent a premature, costly replacement. Follow these tips:
- Understand what causes leaks and do your best to prevent them. Human error is the #1 cause of roof leaks, whether it was poor workmanship during installation, foot traffic or other roof-mounted equipment. The sun is also a major cause of roof leaks because consistent exposure to heat and UV rays wear down a roof. In addition, ponding water and heavy rain/snow can ultimately lead to leaks as well.
What to do: Schedule semi-annual professional inspections and in between those, perform routine inspections yourself to look for potential problem areas before they become active leaks. Always make sure anyone accessing the roof knows the proper walkways and do your best to minimize foot traffic.
- A roof repair is only a piece of the cost puzzle. Identify potential consequential damage. Damage resulting from a roof leak can far exceed the cost of the actual leak repair. Roof leaks can damage inventory, create slip-n-fall hazards for employees and customers, cause structural damage and further deteriorate a roof. Plus, wet insulation can turn to mold growth problems and the potential for insect infestation.
What to do: Don’t let even a minor roof leak go unresolved – address it immediately to minimize damage. While a roof technician is on your site for one issue, consider requesting a walk-through to identify any other problem areas.
- Don’t void your warranty. Warranties are easily voided when specific care and maintenance requirements are not met and documented. Take time to read it from start to finish – the longer the warranty term, the greater likelihood of loopholes.
What to do: Review and understand the warranty’s terms, and be sure to perform and document any required inspections and maintenance.
- Know when – and when not – to replace your roof.
According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), 85% of roofs are replaced unnecessarily due to poor information. Advancements in technology and roofing materials have led to quality roof replacement alternatives, so don’t always jump to the replacement conclusion.
What to do: Do your research on repair and restoration solutions as possible replacement alternatives. Make sure you have all of the facts necessary to make an informed decision – be wary of roofing contractors pressuring you to do a replacement based on just a visual inspection.