Flat Roof Maintenance: Why is it so important
Anyone who has had to pay for a new roof can tell you, it is an investment. Protecting that investment you just made in your new flat roof is so important. Remember when I talked about the cool things about why you should get a new PVC flat roof in the last blog? Well in this one we talk about the benefits of your flat roof maintenance and why it is so important to make sure to get the best overall profitability.
LOWER YOUR ROOF’S LIFE CYCLE COST
When we talk about the Roof’s life cycle cost that is what we consider the amount of money you can typically expect to pay during the life of your roof. The typical life cycle of a roof is around 15-20 years. However, with proper maintenance you can potentially extend that life to closer to 25-30 years. Now I am not going to get into the formula to calculate your life cycle cost but lets talk about what you can do to lower that repair and replacement costs when you do figure out your roof life cycle cost. With regular maintenance the cost will be reduced. As most commercial and residential building owners know, when something is scheduled the cost is typically lower. However, when you have to call someone out for an emergency call to fix an issue there is usually more cost associated with that call. That is the same with your roof. When you schedule regular maintenance you can keep most of those emergencies from happening. Now we know that things happen, I mean we do live in Michigan and lets face it the weather changes on a dime. Those types of emergencies are hard to prevent, however, regular maintenance on your flat roof will help with the issues you can prevent. Which brings me to my next point.
PREVENT FUTURE PROBLEMS
When you schedule regular maintenance on your flat roof from a qualified flat roofing company, potential problems can be noticed and addressed before major issues arise. Some of the things that any qualified company should check for the seams, inspecting the flashings and penetrations, and removing debris from the roof. Regular maintenance means you are taking a closer look at your roof more often, which means, you are more likely to catch these issues before they cause more serious problems.
BEFORE YOU START YOUR MAINTENANCE
Before you start your maintenance schedule on your new roof you should know some of the biggest reasons that can shorten your roof investment. Probably the biggest reason is that causes your roof to fail is you guessed it regular roof maintenance. Some other reasons is structural changes to your building, not fixing a problem promptly, extreme weather, other trades that have been on your roof, and also vandalism or accidental damage. Obviously not all of these can be prevented, however, with regular maintenance most of these can be caught early and fixed promptly.
When you install a Duro-Last flat roof you have warranty options. Some of those options require regular maintenance schedules to keep your warranty in good standing. Some of these warranties require a documented owners maintenance Checklist to be filled out. Make sure you read these Checklists and follow them. All inspections and maintenance must be performed by a Duro-Last authorized dealer/contractor or a Duro-Last Quality Assurance Technical Representative. The reason your warranty states this is because they are properly trained and can be a critical part of your team to help protect your investment instead of inadvertently causing harm. They know from experience how to perform these duties and may have a much better understanding of how to repair the roof without causing additional harm to the membrane.
HOW TO PICK YOUR MAINTENANCE CONTRACTOR
You always want to make sure you choose the right contractor to provide maintenance and repair to your flat roof. A few things to consider when choosing your contractor should include:
- Do they provide maintenance in your area?
- Are they certified to maintain your roof?
- Set up a meeting to talk to them and make sure what they cover.
OUR PROFESSIONAL ROOF MAINTENANCE PLAN
We offer a competitive maintenance and evaluation program. With our over 2 decades of experience with flat roofs we will help you protect your investment. A free quote can show you more about the current shape of your roof and what kind of maintenance you need. Contact us today to schedule your free quote.