Your roof is a significant investment in your building and, as such, should be looked after and maintained. Unfortunately, once a new roofing system is installed, it is not uncommon for it to be quickly forgotten and for maintenance to be neglected.
In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of preventative maintenance and provide guidance on how this should be carried out on different roofing systems.
Why is Preventative Maintenance Important?
Regular inspection and maintenance are always essential to maintain the integrity of your roofing asset. This allows for potential problems to be spotted early, minimising any remedial works that will be needed to restore and repair your roofing system, saving you both significant time and costs. Regular maintenance will guard against leaks and extend the life of your system so that a complete roof replacement is not needed sooner than expected.
Conversely, failure to properly maintain your roof will almost certainly result in significantly higher costs over the life of the building and may well lead to premature failure. Worse still, failures of the roofing system that result from a lack of maintenance may not be covered under your roofing systems guarantee.
Significant Cost Savings
Preventative maintenance allows for any remedial work needed to be planned well before any failure occurs. This makes budgeting easier and it will save you money. Unplanned maintenance costs 3 to 9 times more than planned maintenance.
Prolonging the life cycle of your roofing system through preventative maintenance can save up to 50% over the life of a 30-year roof compared to replacing it every 15-20 years. Not only that but the cost of repairs is actually deductible from your taxable profits.
General Guidance for Maintenance
As a basis for good maintenance practice, you should:
- Ensure safe access can be gained to the roof and relevant health and safety procedures are followed
- Maintain and manage accurate documentation: