Good Facilities Management Includes Roof Maintenance

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Facilities management is the discipline that ensures the functionality of a building’s environment by integrating place, process, people, and technology. One of the most important components of facilities management is the periodic inspection and maintenance of the place (the building). Many people think about plumbing, electrical, computers, outside areas, lobbies, and cleaning of the entire location when they consider periodic maintenance. The roof is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be.

The integrity of the roof should be inspection on a regular basis as any minor damage that is left untreated can often lead to major, costly repairs. Having a good contractor to help you with any roofing concerns is an absolute necessity. A reputable contractor can help the building manager determine the best way to handle repairs, whether they are major repairs for older roofs or minor repairs for newer roofs that could become major if neglected. The contractor can also help decide whether an older roof has run its course and it is time to replace the old roof with a new one. If too much money is being spent on small repairs on an older roof, then there is a tipping point when a large outlay of money on a new roof will actually be less costly in the long run.

According to a report from the National Roofing Contractors Association, preventative maintenance can add between 30-100% additional life to a commercial roofing system. Spending a small amount of money once or twice a year to have a contractor inspect the roof and make minor repairs can add years to the life of a roof, and delay by a considerable amount of time, the moment when you have to spend thousands of dollars on a new roof. Inspection and minor repair is part of the process of facilities maintenance that effects the integrity of the place, and the people in the building.

If you consider that energy usage is the technology aspect of facilities management, then roofing can have a considerable effect on technology. Having roofs repaired on a regular basis, or replacing a very old roof with a newer more energy efficient one, can save thousands of dollars in energy costs.

Roof maintenance is an integral component of facilities management though it is not very high on the list of priorities for most people. Employing the services of a good contractor who will remove debris, make minor repairs, document each inspection, and perform infrared testing of the roof, should be a part of every facilities management plan.

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Source by Jennifer Greenfield