Why is a Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan Important?

The roof of your commercial building is one of the most significant investments you can make in the property. Over time intense weather or manufacturing defects can begin to cause problems for your roof and you’ll want to know before anything under the roof suffers damage. However, with a preventative maintenance plan, we can address these issues before they cause you and your roof any problems. 

Experts at Hound Roofing can create a preventative maintenance plan for your commercial building. Rooftops, while highly durable, cannot maintain themselves, and years of neglect can quickly snowball into major leaks and other issues costing you money and headache. A maintenance plan ensures that your roof is regularly inspected and maintained by a roofing team you can trust.

Let’s talk about roof maintenance for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia property owners.

What is a Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan?

A commercial roof maintenance plan encompasses your property’s preventative maintenance schedule and needs moving forward. Since you can rarely get a good look at your building’s roof, it’s unlikely that you’ll have a chance to notice if their roof membrane has begun to buckle, peel, or form puddles until it’s too late. 

Preventative roof maintenance involves a yearly inspection of your roofing system so you can stay on top of needing to schedule the replacement or repair of certain components and ensure they can last their full lifecycle. These components can include roof vents, vent booting, flashing, gutters, and more that wear out over time.

A preventative commercial roof maintenance plan is one of the most effective tools to maximize the integrity and lifespan of your roofing system.

Why is Commercial Roof Maintenance Important?

Why should you invest in a commercial roof maintenance plan? First, let’s talk about warranties. If you read the fine print, your roofing system is under warranty for varying years of reliable use – but only if preventative maintenance is performed. This ensures that any warranty-covered issues are at the manufacturing level, not the installation or maintenance level and ultimately protects you. 

Additionally, according to the NRCA, approximately 80% of all roof leaks can be prevented just with timely and effective roof repairs. This means that 4 out of every five commercial building leaks are avoidable with just one annual inspection – and the occasional additional inspection after a bad storm. Catching problems or weaknesses in your roofing system early ensures that your membrane is sealed correctly before the next rain comes.

Increases the Lifespan of Your Roof

RSI magazine tells us that repairing your roof reactively (only when leaks are noticed) can double the total lifecycle cost of ownership for a commercial roof system over 20 years. Why is that?

Reactive roof maintenance means waiting until you have major problems that you detect and make an impact beyond just the roof. This means that what started as a little rippling of the membrane then turned into peeling, exposed sections, and major leak problems before anyone notices. Reactive roof maintenance requires more replacements, extensive repairs, and maybe even water damage remediation.

However, a commercial roofing maintenance plan and warranty-compliant preventative maintenance only require an inspection once or twice a year. Taking care of minor roofing issues noticed during these inspections makes your repair costs minimal, and you may never need remediation because major leaks never get a chance to form.

Keeps Indoor Conditions Under Control

Not to mention, a secure roof maintains your indoor temperature and energy efficiency far better than a roof that has been allowed to decay without notice for a few under-maintained years. If you’re looking to keep your facility’s utility costs low, preventative roof maintenance is a must-have.

Helps You Save Money While Reducing Your Insurance Rate

Commercial projects can find serious savings with both your roof maintenance and your insurance. Insurance agencies love preventative maintenance, and a signed roofing maintenance plan will reflect well on the lowered risk of insuring your building.

Costs of Neglecting Your Roof Asset:

According to the Roof Longevity and Replacement Report, the average depreciation period for a roof is 39 years. Only 7% of building owners extend the working lives of their roofs. To do this, you will need an expert roofing team and a maintenance plan for your commercial roof that supports extending the lifespan as much as possible.

When to Conduct Roofing Maintenance

A commercial roofing maintenance plan should include a roof inspection at least once a year. If your property is in a region that experiences severe seasonal weather, consider a twice-yearly inspection before and after storm season. You should also consider booking an extra roof inspection after any severe weather blows through.

Keep Your Commercial Roof In Good Standing with Hound Roofing

To maintain your commercial properties, you should rely on scheduled maintenance and trustworthy teams. Hound Roofing has over 30 years of experience in commercial roofing, so we know what it takes to get the best performance from your property’s commercial roof.

Contact us for a consultation on the best way to build your commercial roofing maintenance plan today.

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