What To Know About Preventative Roof Maintenance Programs

Facility managers are all too familiar with the importance of preventative maintenance. Regular cleaning and repair services for your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems are likely part of your everyday life. However, there is one area in which many facility managers neglect to invest: their roofing maintenance. 

Prioritizing your roofing maintenance will save you from many maintenance headaches in the future. Not only will you maintain the structural integrity of your facility, but you will effectively prevent water damage to the interior. It is also much simpler to replace shingles and waterproof a stable roof than repair a leak, close off an area of your facility for emergency maintenance service and pay for mold removal services. 

Most facility managers invest the majority of their maintenance budget into critical areas such as power and core infrastructure. While these areas should be your biggest priority in an emergency, they are not the only aspects of preventative maintenance that we recommend you budget for. Ensuring the health and integrity of your roofing will make your facility stronger and far less prone to emergency maintenance issues. 

A recent field study by The Roof Asset Management Program of the National Nuclear Security Administration showed that preventative roof maintenance can be a huge time- and money-saver for commercial buildings. This study showed the cost-savings over several years when roof maintenance was a top priority during construction and maintenance. By investing in preventative roof maintenance, they were able to:

  • Save approximately $7 million in construction costs
  • Add $19.3 million in facility value 
  • Increase the average predicted roofing lifespan by 25 percent

The numbers don’t lie. Essential preventative maintenance for roofing such as waterproofing, roof cleaning, debris removal, and regular inspections can add years to your roof’s life. When conducting a roofing maintenance inspection, look for these signs of wear, tear, and damage:

  • Dirt and large debris
  • Discoloration or chalking
  • Signs of mold and mildew on roof trusses
  • Movement in expansion joints
  • Water damage
  • Ceiling moisture
  • Deterioration around roof edges
  • Clogged gutters
  • Wear and tear on rooftop HVAC unit
  • Deposits, growth, vandalism, and other obvious signs of damage

MaintenX offers comprehensive preventative maintenance services for commercial roofing and much more. We strive to provide the best service for competitive rates. If you need help creating a preventative maintenance plan for your roofing or have questions about our services, contact us today!