By proactively maintaining your flat roof, you are ready for the next weather event. You can reduce or eliminate disruptive leaks and avoid expensive deck and insulation repairs and premature replacement.
Where Does Maintenance Begin?
The beginning of a good maintenance program is to make regular roof inspections. An inspector has to get on the roof and make a careful assessment of the condition of the roof system and create a detailed report.
Why Are Roofs So Frequently Ignored?
Many, if not most, roofs are not in any sort of preventative maintenance program. There are a variety of reasons as shown here. Perhaps the one that is missing is just not getting around to it.
- Building owners naturally tend to focus on their core business and rarely have a maintenance plan for their roofs.
- Owners may consider roofs permanent or “covered” by warranty and do not require maintenance (if you pay for repairs you have no warranty).
- Proactive maintenance is rarely implemented unless corporate headquarters leads the way.
- Roof performance and expenses are not tracked over the roof’s service life, so the same mistakes may be made again and again.
- Owners do not recognize how expensive a dysfunctional roof can be.
What Is A Flat Roof Maintenance Plan?
A maintenance plan for a commercial/industrial flat roof is a program facilitated by a commercial roof consultant or a roofing contractor to perform regular inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of a commercial roof to prevent more severe damage from occurring.
A maintenance plan or contract is an easy way for building owners and managers to ensure their commercial roof remains under warranty and in excellent condition while staying within their budget.
The Main Types Of Maintenance Contract Options:
- A contract that requires the contractor to visit the facility regularly for drain cleaning along with a visual inspection and report.
- A contract that requires drains cleaning, debris removal, along with a visual inspection, small general repairs, and a report.
- A contract that requires drains cleaning, debris removal, along with a full inspection, medium general repairs, roof survey and a report.
- A contract that requires drains cleaning, debris removal, along with a full inspection, IR Moisture Survey, medium general repairs, roof survey and a report.
A maintenance contract based on semi-annual inspections is the best way to keep your facility in working order while holding your consultant and/or contractor accountable for the performance of their work.
Why Is Flat Roof Maintenance Important?
If you are in charge of your facility, it’s your responsibility to maintain your roof system. If you fail to have regular and documented roof inspections and carry out maintenance repairs as needed you WILL void your warranty when a leak comes through into your facility. This could potentially cost you a lot of money. An average roof warranty requires at least one documented roof inspection to be performed a year by an authorized consultant or contractor.
Benefits Of SMC Group’s Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP)
There are several benefits of utilizing our formalized RAMP program. One of the major benefits is extending the life of your roof. By analyzing the roof’s cost on a life cycle basis, lower costs can be achieved through extending the life of the roof by regular maintenance. This results in less disruption to the business and less land fill waste.
- Regularly scheduled inspections and corrective actions extend the life of the roof.
- Programming and budgeting are facilitated.
- Thinking in financial terms rather than technical terms enhances communication with corporate management.
- Scheduled inspections and periodic moisture surveys.
- Database of roof plans, roof constructions and previous repairs.
- Emergency Leak Repairs.
- A Dedicated Account Manager will look after all your roofs.
- Tracking of Warranties.
- Establishment of roof condition rating.
- Identification of needed repairs and maintenance.
- Utmost attention to safety!!!
Let the experts at SMC Group help you control the costs associated with your commercial roof by implementing a formalized roof asset management program. Contact us for details at (416) 731-7737