time of at least 20 years from a properly installed and
maintained roof. Without maintenance, the expected
lifetime is more like 10-15 years – and if you’re planning to occupy your building longer than that, the cost
of re-covering or replacing your roof 5-10 years early
will add up quickly.
2) Avoid structural damage. Roof leaks lead to
rusted steel or rotting wood that can compromise your
facility’s structural integrity, requiring a costly fix.
3) Preserve your building’s interior. The contents
of your building are probably worth more than the cost
of a roof repair. What happens if water drips on a computer or server rack in your facility and it shorts out?
How much data could you lose? Material damage and
the cost of lost opportunities can both be avoided by
keeping your roof leak-free with maintenance.
4) Reduced hassle and liability. When water comes
in, the typical solution is to put out trash cans to catch
the drips. But containers clog hallways, and in a retail
setting, they present an extra obstacle for shoppers.
Overflow or drips that have missed the trash can create a slippery surface that increases the risk of personal injury, which could result in a costly lawsuit if
someone slips in the puddle and gets hurt.
A lack of leaks also means fewer leak calls, making your life easier and allowing you to budget for
HOW TO KEEP YOUR ROOF LEAK-FREE
For too many FMs, roofs
are a prime example of
“out of sight, out of mind.”
But maintenance is vitally
important if you want to keep
the rest of your building in
Don’t make emergency spending for roof repairs a
habit. Use your budget wisely and perform inspections
and preventive repairs to avoid big expenditures. Get
a handle on roof maintenance with this guide to keeping your roof in good health.
Why Maintenance Matters
Regular roof inspection and maintenance helps you
save money, time and headaches in four ways:
1) More time between replacements. The biggest reason to maintain your roof is that it extends
the roof’s life, which offers multiple advantages. Roof
technologies have improved considerably over the last
few decades, so it’s not unreasonable to expect a life-
BY TED MICHELSEN