The roof life cycle
I have authored several articles on the topic of the roof life cycle. It may not be something people think about. However, at Factory Direct Roofing, LLC, we always think about the roof’s life cycle. More specifically, the point in a roof life cycle where a roof restoration is still possible. Beyond that point, a replacement may be your only option. Our entire business model is saving your roof, extending the life of that roof for years or decades. And in addition to that, it helps cut the energy cost inside the building.
Let’s hope the commercial roof was installed correctly per the manufacturer’s instructions. If that is true, the roof will likely provide its advertised service. It keeps the water out of the interior and draining or evaporating from the roof within 48 hours. Water in the roof for longer than 48 hours could result in moisture seeping through and becoming trapped in the layers of roofing materials.
Most commercial owners drop the ball. And to be honest, I don’t understand why? The roof is too important to ignore. And keeping it in good condition saves money, time, and disruptions. An awful roof could collapse, cause expensive damage, and, even worse, hurt someone.
A preventative maintenance plan would include the appropriate number of regularly scheduled roof inspections. Clearing the drains of any debris and making minor preventative maintenance repairs. Your roof warranty will list the task required to keep your warranty in force.
As the roof ages, there will be a point when the owner must decide if they want to extend the roof’s life with a restoration. Or do they want to replace the roof with a new roof system? Several factors can come into play when considering your options. The roof’s age, how deteriorated it is, whether there have been leaks, whether it is well maintained, or whether there is some chance of use in the building that demands a different roof system.
Restoring a roof does not mean the need for a regular roof care plan remains. It is still essential that the roof be inspected regularly. The drains are cleared and functioning and regular preventative maintenance is performed.
Eventually, the roof will need to be replaced. But done correctly, you can push that eventuality off for years or even decades. And it may become someone else’s problem down the road, and you may never need to deal with an expensive and disruptive roof replacement on your commercial building.
Are you ready to take the next step?
We offer a free initial roof inspection and service estimate. Be it for a roof restoration if that is what we determine is needed. Or ongoing preventative maintenance for the time being. Get yours at firstname.lastname@example.org