ROOF INSPECTIONS ARE WORTHLESS WITHOUT REGULAR ROOF MAINTENANCE.
As we have said on this blog before, one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your roof is to perform regular roof inspections. In doing so, you will have a better chance of detecting minor problems before they become catastrophes that cost you more money than they should. However, regular inspections aren’t worth much if you don’t do something about the issues you discover while performing them. Once you discover issues, you have to make it a point that you will carry out the maintenance and repairs required to remedy the problems.
Set a Roof Maintenance Budget
A key to being able to perform regular roof maintenance and repairs is to lay out a budget at the beginning of the fiscal year so that you have the money earmarked for this purpose. It is pretty easy to forget that you have an annual inspection 9 months down the road and use what should be roof repair money for a more pressing issue. For this reason, you should set aside money that you plan on spending on your roof. If you don’t use it, good for you. However, if you need to make repairs, you want the money to be ready and available.
Setting a roof maintenance budget may mean setting money aside to pay a professional to repair your roof. You don’t necessarily have to set aside money to perform the repairs yourself, it may be less expensive to have a contractor do it.
As stated in a separate post, some repairs are more important than others. Don’t spend large amounts of money on problems that don’t need to be corrected for several years when you have an immediate issue knocking on your door right now. It is crucial to make a list of all items needing repair or attention, and then go down the list in order of importance.
Committing to making regular roof repairs and performing regular maintenance is all about discipline. Write down your plan and your goals for your building, and compare each decision you make against that document. This will help ensure you have the money, time, and manpower to perform necessary roof maintenance.