Do you have roofing guidelines in place for proper maintenance?
Do you know what to do if your roof springs a leak? You should – and so should every facility manager. Facility managers and building owners alike need to have a game plan in place before a roof leak occurs. If you notice a leak and do not have a maintenance plan in place, you will already find yourself behind the eight ball.
Not having a maintenance plan will cost you
Running around looking for contractors or service providers as buckets fill up inside will cost more money. When you don’t partner with a commercial roofing contractor, you could be faced with:
- Overtime and emergency service costs
- Difficulties finding an available contractor
- Trouble finding a reliable contractor that can diagnose and deal with the issue
- Extended downtime because you were not prepared to handle a roofing issue
6 ways to avoid a leak in your roofing maintenance plan
- Partner with an experienced contractor: Partnering early with a commercial/industrial roofing contractor will prolong your asset and speed up response time when an emergency does occur. Familiarity is essential for both parties – you will know whom to call and your roofing contractor will know your roof and its history.
- Have the right emergency repair materials on hand: An issue with your roof should not be the first time you see it. Know what your roof system is comprised of, and have some compatible repair materials on hand. It’s not uncommon to see repairs that have been performed that will actually deteriorate the roof and require replacement.
- Use the same technician: Request to have the same technician perform all work on your roof. They will get to know your roof and be able to source leaks and repair them quicker, along with recommending other work that will save money in the long run.
- Establish roofing policy: Education and enforcement of the rules is vital. Everyone who has access to and goes on the roof must know your policy and be up to date about the current state of the roof, including areas of caution.
- Employee awareness and training: Acting managers and employees need to know what to do and whom to call in case of a roofing emergency. No matter how proactive you are, you never know when an emergency can occur, and your staff needs to know how to handle it.
- Documentation: Accurately document all repairs that are performed. This includes all maintenance work and spot checks by facility managers and employees.
Facility managers and building owners need well-thought out roofing guidelines for their roof. You never know when something can go wrong, and a roofing maintenance plan will minimize cost and damage to your facility.
You might also like to read our blog Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts: Industrial/Commercial Roof Maintenance
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