Loss Control Insights
Maximize Your Roof Investment With Roof Inspections
Roof failure is a leading cause of commercial property losses. Neglecting the condition of your roof can increase the likelihood of wind and hail damage, lead to failure and collapse, and accelerate the development of leaks that create mold and indoor air quality issues. Research shows that your best defense against these costly problems is having a roof management program that includes regularly scheduled roof inspections.
The ROI of a Roof Maintenance Program
According to a study by the Roofing Alliance for Progress:
- Building owners who implemented proactive roof maintenance programs paid an average of 50 percent less per square foot of roof compared to those who did not.
- On average, roofs with a robust maintenance program last 21 years compared to 13 years for those without one.
If you need more reasons to schedule a roof inspection, consider the results of another industry study that concluded roof maintenance programs cost one to three percent per year of the projected cost of a complete roof replacement.
Proactive Roof Maintenance Begins With Thorough Roof Inspections
EMC’s Roof Maintenance Online Training can help identify conditions that could quickly lead to roofing problems. Some of these conditions are obvious, such as discoloration and pooling water, while other conditions require a more critical look at seam issues and flashing around equipment. When you identify a problem, take appropriate action to remedy the situation, so you can extend the life of your roof and protect your building and its contents.
Many building owners can complete these inspections on their own; however, if you have a large area or a complex roof with multiple changes in elevation, you may want to hire a professional roofing contractor. If you choose to hire a contractor, look for a well-established, licensed and bonded roofing professional with a federal tax identification number and a permanent address.