Keeping up with roofing maintenance is one of the key responsibilities of a commercial property owner or manager. But what are the best practices for doing this task?
Be Proactive With Roof Maintenance
Property owners and managers either take the reactive (“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”) or the proactive route with their management style. The former means they won’t take action unless a tenant complains about a leak. The latter means taking precautionary measures, such as keeping up with the roof’s scheduled maintenance and performing regular inspections.
Taking the proactive approach with roof management is beneficial in several ways:
• It helps extend roofing lifespan – All roofs are expected to last a certain number of years, “expected” being the operative word. Lack of maintenance can shorten the roof’s expected lifespan and lead to early failure.
• It helps maintain structural integrity – Preventing damage caused by punctures can help prevent damage to the roofing structure, which can help reduce future repair and installation costs.
• It helps prevent business disruptions – Leaking roofs can cost several days of downtime and revenues, damage to valuable equipment like onsite servers and, most importantly, the trust of your tenants.
• It helps keep the roofing warranty active – Most roofing manufacturers count neglect – as in lack of maintenance performed by commercial roofers – as a reason to void roofing warranties.
Work With a Team
As a property manager, it goes without saying that you have more than just the roof to think about on a daily basis. This is why you have to delegate your tasks to a small group, with specific tasks. This helps ensure continuity in case your tasks prevent you from overseeing a scheduled roof maintenance or inspection. You can authorize one of your team members to approve expenses like unexpected repairs.
Stick to a Schedule
There are two parts to commercial roof management and maintenance: scheduled maintenance conducted by your roofing contractor every three to five years and “in-house” inspections conducted by you or your team. Keeping up with your maintenance schedule can help make sure you don’t miss appointments, avoid delays and are prepared for roofing emergencies.
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