Commercial roofing is a huge industry that is unfortunately neglected by many business owners. They tend to only pay attention to the roof when their commercial roofing system has issues. Maintenance on a commercial roof will ultimately save the business owner a lot of money over time. The saying, “spend a little now to save big in the future,” really applies to this industry. A commercial roof maintenance schedule is not all that costly, especially compared to large damage, or a new roof.
What is included in Commercial Roof Maintenance?
A roofing company will very often offer a maintenance plan in order to help keep your commercial roof in optimum condition. The first step to a maintenance plan is a roof inspection. This will give the contractor a great perspective of where to start.
The basics of maintenance includes a deeper look at the roof, the condition, and where to go next. The initial report includes checking for any damage, issues that may be a problem, and a good view of what will need done and when. A skilled roofer can see a potential problem and fix it before it becomes worse.
Other maintenance plans include tasks such as cleaning out gutters, sealing common leak spots, and performing other small repairs as they are needed. Depending on the lifespan of the roof, more or less coverage will be needed.
Maintenance for a commercial roof will involve a year round inspection schedule, repairs as needed, on call contractors to perform repairs, visible inspections, and oftentimes a no-leak guarantee. The premium plans are obviously better for all around care, but depending on budget and the lifespan, you will have to decide what plan works best for you.
Finally, a roofer will know what to look for, when to repair it, and how to do it correctly. Do not skimp on who you hire for your roof. A good roofer will always get the job done professionally and in a timely manner. Having a long term contractor will help establish trust. They will know how to maintain your roof better as well as provide you with important information on what to do and when to do it. It will save you money in the long run.
What does a Commercial Roofing Maintenance Plan Cost?
In general, a commercial roof maintenance plan includes three starting factors. These include an initial roof inspection, a thorough cleaning, and then an inspection report. This does not cover the cost of repairs but it does cover the standard roof maintenance.
The actual cost for a basic plan, which includes cleanings, inspections, and reports several times a year, is dependent on the size and conditions of the roof. You can expect to pay roughly $0.03 to $0.05 per square foot, or even more. Different contractors offer different services and pricing. Oftentimes, you can expect to get an initial roof inspection for free. This is generally a light inspection and an estimate for repairs, plans, and other services. Take advantage of it to see and compare different contractors, skills, and of course pricing.
Depending on the contractor you can expect other charges. Charges such as fuel or mileage. You may be charged upward of $0.75 per mile traveled. Always get the numbers up front so you are not caught off guard by a surprise fee. This also encourages you to find a local contractor. This will save fuel costs and have someone local you can count on. Ask your neighbors! They may have just the contractor, saving you the leg work.
There are a few other factors that can change pricing for your roof maintenance plan. These factors include the age of the roof, the condition, slope of the roof, and in large material of the roof. All these factors can change how often the contractor needs to come in to clean and repair, inspect, and give you reports. Just keep these in mind when speaking to the professional. The right contractor will be able to lay out a plan to give you the best possible outcome.
Is a Commercial Roofing Maintenance Plan right for you?
It is no secret that roof replacements and major repairs are very pricey. That being said, a maintenance plan is a much cheaper option and will save you money in the long run. The phrase, “Spend a penny now, to save a dollar later,” really applies here.
A maintenance plan will keep your roof in tip top shape year round. Small repairs will be performed as needed and in a timely fashion. This will stop you from having large repairs. All in all, a roof maintenance plan will keep your roof clean, inspected, and will extend the life of your commercial roof. An extended roof life is key to saving time and money on an expensive roof replacement.
So the real question is, can you afford not to have a commercial roof maintenance plan?