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How to Make Your Roof Investment Grow

September 26, 2016

How to Make Your Roof Investment GrowAs the owner or manager of a commercial property, you know it’s a constant balancing act to keep expenses in check and preserve your asset’s value. To see your investment grow, you need to get the greatest possible benefit from every major expenditure, including a roof replacement. So how do you protect your investment when exposure to the elements makes a new roof immediately vulnerable to deterioration? The answer is a roof maintenance plan.

Roof Maintenance Plans Offer Tangible Value

According to industry studies, maintaining a new roof from day one makes a huge difference in how long it lasts. If you take care of the roof proactively by scheduling twice-yearly inspections and addressing minor repairs right away, you can expect it to last at least 21 years. On the other hand, if you ignore necessary maintenance and deal with leaks only after they develop, your roof can deteriorate quickly and need replacement after only 13 years.

When you implement a roof maintenance plan, you not only extend the asset’s expected lifespan by at least eight years, you protect the entire building and your bottom line by avoiding situations and conditions that erode the property’s value, such as:

  • Decreased energy efficiency. Leaks that let water seep into the roof system can slowly saturate the insulation. Wet insulation loses its ability to block heat transfer, so you’ll have a less energy efficient building and pay higher heating and cooling costs.
  • Revenue losses. A roof that’s in poor condition due to deferred maintenance can fail during a heavy rain and let a devastating flood of water into the building. Production can cease, you may have to shut your business’ doors temporarily, inventory and expensive equipment can get ruined, or your tenants may decide to relocate.
  • Structural and interior damage. When slow roof leaks start to develop, you may not even know there’s a problem until costly damage to the framing, insulation, drywall, ceilings, HVAC and electrical systems is already well advanced.
  • Mold growth. If moisture gets into the building through the roof, mold can flourish in hidden areas like the ceiling and wall cavities and HVAC ducting. As it worsens, mold can cause structural damage and air quality problems, and you’ll likely have to pay for specialized remediation to eradicate it.

To learn more about how roof maintenance plans can help your commercial property investment grow, contact us today at Jewett Roofing.

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