If there is one thing every homeowner or facility owner can agree upon, it is that they all want to get the most out of their roofing system. The single, most cost-effective way to maximize roof performance and life cycle longevity is to adopt a proactive approach towards preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance minimizes the total and annualized cost of ownership of roofing systems through regularly scheduled inspections and periodic repairs of common problematic components. In addition, the application of protective, reflective coatings can extend performance life when properly planned and incorporated into the overall roof maintenance program.

Remaining diligent in these basic maintenance practices allows for an organized approach to roof asset management and leads to a responsible, timely preparation of long-term capital expenditures. After all, you would not go years without changing your car’s oil or rotating its tires and not expect your vehicle’s performance to suffer, so why would your roof be any different?

Inspections are recommended at least twice per year—once in the spring and once in the fall. A local roofing professional should be asked to inspect and repair any flashings and penetrations with gaps or tears, as well as cut and seal any blisters or splits where water can infiltrate the roof system. Even something as seemingly simple as routine cleaning of drains and downspouts can prevent small headaches from compounding into exponentially costly problems.

In conjunction with basic repairs, applying a reflective coating is an excellent preventive maintenance measure to combat the toll that the elements take on a roof. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are particularly damaging due to their ability to dry out roofs, which inevitably leads to cracking and splitting. Once this has occurred, it is only a matter of time before moisture penetrates those cracks and leaks appear. Enough of those leaks can cause a structural failure and collapse of the roofing system. Reflective coatings not only protect but in Southern climates, they can also save facility managers money by keeping the building cool and reducing energy costs. There is a multitude of reflective coating options to consider when determining which is the best value and fit for the climate and specific roof.

Homeowners & Facility managers should consider that spending a little bit today will go a long way in saving a tremendous amount of time and money tomorrow. And the initial cost of a roof is only a portion of the total cost of ownership over its service life. Preventive maintenance for roofs should be considered an investment.

Article from: https://facilityexecutive.com/2016/08/roofing-maintenance-dollars-and-sense/