Sooner or later, all building systems wear out. Life expectancy and cost will vary from one component to the next, but the eventual expiration is inevitable. Of all these systems, the roof is among the most expensive to replace – sometimes up to seven figures. While it’s easy to adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to roof maintenance, it will only result in building owners spending more than they have to, sometimes double. However, a recent study has proven there’s a better approach that can help save substantially.
The study compares the estimated costs of roofing over a 20 year period using three different approaches to roof maintenance: reactive, moderate, and aggressive.
After 20 years the reactively maintained roof needed complete replacement, the moderately maintained roof could be recovered, and the aggressively maintained roof was still serviceable. This accounted for the difference in capital costs, which made up the bulk of the expenses. In the 20 year period, the reactively maintained roof cost $825,984, the moderately maintained roof cost $679,816, and the most aggressively maintained roof cost $367,500, which was less than half the cost of the hands-off approach!
The so-called “aggressive” maintenance schedule was actually quite simple: visual surveys in the spring and fall, a non-destructive moisture survey every 2-5 years, and repairs based on findings. Infrared inspections are an effective way to survey for moisture by using non-destructive thermal imaging to spot trapped moisture and potential leaks that can’t be visually detected. Learn more about our infrared flat roof surveys.
The data is proof: with regular inspections, property owners will spend less to maintain, and eventually replace, their roofing system.