Commercial Roof Maintenance: Protecting Your Valuable Property Asset
It’s a conundrum faced eventually by any veteran facility manager or building owner: making the call between significant roofing repairs or a full roof replacement.
However, the dilemma could be avoided by establishing a commercial roof maintenance program to care for your valuable property asset along the way and lengthen its lifespan.
Commercial roof maintenance decisions rarely are black and white. Those making them should weigh many factors including the contractors’ integrity, a roof’s true condition and the owner’s current financial position, among others.
Los Angeles roofing contractors could offer differing opinions about your facility’s roof condition. For this reason, consider the National Roofing Contractors Association's (NRCA) recommendation to establish a formal, long-term relationship with a professional roofing contractor you can trust.
Such a relationship not only can help with the decision between roofing repairs versus replacement, but it can also establish a proactive maintenance program to identify potential problems early for correction prior to the need for more costly work.
Proactive commercial roof maintenance is vital for many reasons, including costs involved with damages during rainstorms and for the long-term health of your roof. The healthier your roof system, the longer it lasts therefore extending your investment. Studies have shown it is more costly to react to roof problems, compared with proactive through consistent inspections and maintenance.
This can be especially true for owners or managers of multiple buildings in the Los Angeles area. Think about rising energy costs. The gasoline needed for repairmen to get to your facilities along Southland freeways or heating or cooling lost by leaking roof systems. Additionally, tack on higher construction fees for emergency repair projects.
Studies also have indicated roof systems last longer when proactively maintained. The long-term savings can be significant. The NRCA states, “A maintenance program allows for a planned, organized approach to management of a roof asset and allows for responsible, timely preparation of long-term capital expenditures.”
Rod Menzel has been a roofing contractor in the Greater Los Angeles area since 1999. His company, GreatWay Roofing, is a leading roofing contracting company in the L.A. area, serving mostly Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita. Menzel has conducted seminar sessions on customer service and marketing for roofing contractors across the nation. His company offers homeowners and businesses free roof inspections and limited 10-year warranties with any job.
As of May 31, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.