The building’s roof is the first level of protection from the elements. That’s why proper roof management is crucial to prevent damage and avoid a preventable roof replacement. Regular inspections and maintenance are the best way to avoid costly repairs on your roof, which is multiplied when you incorporate multiple buildings. So, what are the challenges you’ll face managing roofing assets for multiple facilities— and can one contractor do it all?
Managing Multiple Facilities
Building management can be a lot of work. This work multiplies as building owners and facility managers purchase and manage more buildings. Regardless of industry, there is a lot that goes into managing multiple facilities.
Of course, with any management role, there are administrative duties to maintain. Calls, emails, and text messages about your buildings never seem to cease. However, that is not the only thing that goes into proper facility management.
There is no set guidebook on how to maintain multiple facilities since the responsibilities vary wildly based on industry. One universal aspect of facility management is maintaining the team. However, managing more buildings doesn’t always mean hiring more people. Before you add to your management team, reevaluate your current assets. You may be able to streamline certain processes.
One thing that should always be top of mind is the status of your building. Keep on top of maintenance plans to prevent any costly damage and repairs. This is very important for roof asset management.
Regular inspections and preventative maintenance are the best ways to prevent damage (or stop it before it gets worse). Inspecting your roof condition allows you to make smaller repairs in real-time, instead of waiting for the problem to become irreparable. Inspections and preventive maintenance are perhaps the most critical aspects of your roof asset management program.
When your roof leaks, that isn’t your only problem. Not only will inspections find that leak as early as possible, but they could also prevent other issues from arising. Roof leaks are just one example of water damage that can plague your roof. Ponding water is water that stays in the same spot on your roof without evaporating. This will soon turn into worse damage if not addressed. When ponding water is discovered during an inspection, this is a clue that your roof is beginning to sag or dip. At this point, your roof’s integrity is compromised. A regular inspection would be able to find these areas before they damage the roof structure entirely. Roof replacement or large roof repair projects may ultimately lead to downtime for your business if they cannot operate to full capacity during construction projects. Occupancy may also have to be decreased during this time.
Inspections: DIY or Roofing Contractor?
While it is possible to inspect your roof on your own, a commercial roofing contractor will ensure your roof is thoroughly inspected. Plus, they may be able to make small repairs on the spot, depending on the issue and its severity. Professionals will know trouble areas to focus on and how to safely travel on your roof. Not only is it a safety risk for the person, improperly walking on a roof can cause more damage.
Additionally, many commercial buildings are adapting to rooftop HVAC units. While the benefits to this placement speak for themselves, they can still create new issues for your commercial roof. Professional roofing companies, like TEMA Roofing Services, have experience in managing roofing systems in conjunction with HVAC units. They have the expertise to extend your roof life and get the most of your rooftop HVAC unit. TEMA also has capabilities to manage roofing assets for multiple facilities across a large area/region. Don’t let your roofing management fall by the wayside.
Have a Plan
Managing multiple facilities can become overwhelming. Keep things in control with a master management plan. Budgeting for buildings is hard to maintain, and even harder when adding on other properties. Regular roof inspections are the best way to prolong your roof system.
Paying for an annual inspection is always more budget-friendly than waiting for problems to show themselves. Roof leaks are much easier to fix and prevent when discovered early. The longer the wait, the bigger the penetration grows. This could lead to blisters or discoloration on your walls and ceilings, not to mention it can become a hotbed for harmful mold and mildew. Would you rather pay for a full roof replacement or regular inspections and minor repairs? A roof replacement might mean serious downtime for your business!
A proper roof maintenance program is the best way to ensure it will be in working condition for as long as possible. For example, metal roofs can last about 40 years before they should be replaced. Preventive maintenance will ensure you meet this life cycle. Neglecting to inspect or repair small problems as they arise will guarantee an early roof replacement for your building.
Don’t Do it Alone
There’s a lot that goes into managing roofing assets for multiple facilities, so don’t do it alone! TEMA Roofing Services can take on this responsibility and regularly inspect your commercial roof. Call us today to learn more about our services from asset management, inspection, and 24-hour availability for roofing repair!