Your roof comprises approximately 5%-10% of overall building costs. However, it protects the remaining 85%-90% of your building not to mention the contents which in many cases equal the cost of the building. Below are a few tips to extend the life of your roof and keep roof problems to a minimum:
Most roof systems have a warranty on the material of 15-20years. Make sure you understand your warranty’s time line and it’s limitations. This is very beneficial in the event that you have a problem.
At least annually, the roof should be inspected by a professional for wear and tear. Perimeter seals, flashings, and fasteners are the most common locations for failures and therefore require the most attention. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Many roofing systems perform much better from an energy conservation standpoint if they are kept clean. A white bright roof membrane reflects radiant energy rather than absorbing it and therefore transferring it into the building. Always be mindful of leaves and other debris that can clog the drainage system.
All roof systems have a life span. Proper maintenance can extend its life by several years deferring a major expense. By planning on your roof’s replacement, it will be possible to prevent damage caused by extending the service life beyond that for which is was intended.