Taking part in a roof maintenance program can save you a tremendous amount of time and money and give you peace of mind.

No roofing system is powerful enough to stand up to Mother Nature’s might, but a little TLC goes a long way. Whether it’s a violent storm, brutal winds, or excessive hail, many weather events are strong enough to inflict damage that diminishes the life span of your roof. Fortunately, preventative maintenance can help you avoid early replacements and other costly issues for many years to come. 

In this post, we discuss the importance of an ongoing maintenance contract and break down the steps you need to know to make the process easy. 

The Science of Commercial Roof Maintenance 

What Is Roof Maintenance?

There’s no sense in performing maintenance if you don’t know what it entails. To put it simply, roof maintenance is a series of procedures that help preserve the optimal condition of your roofing system. Many of these tasks can be handled by building owners and facility managers alone, but this won’t be your typical home improvement project. Restoring your roof requires a lot of work and professional attention from trained technicians. 

Three Tiers of Roof Maintenance Services

Commercial roofing maintenance involves more than just a quick cleanup and simple patchwork. The level of service you receive varies based on a number of different factors, including the size of your building, the type of roof you have, and the environmental factors surrounding your property. 

Today, there are three primary tiers of roofing maintenance:

Regular Maintenance

This incorporates the basic level of roofing support. By taking advantage of a routine maintenance program, you typically have access to the following services: 

  • General inspections
  • Roof cleaning
  • Water removal
  • Membrane repairs
  • Flashing inspection
  • Loose metal securement
  • Caulk application

Reactive Maintenance

A reactive roofing service is triggered when unscheduled work must be performed on your roof. Any time a roofing emergency occurs, it’s best to take a reactive approach to prove immediate remediation. 

This maintenance program encompasses the following:

  • 24/7 emergency leak responses
  • 15-minute guaranteed response times
  • 2-hour emergency ETA 
  • No long-term service contracts

Proactive Maintenance 

When it comes to roofing care, it’s always best to take a proactive approach. A proactive maintenance plan guarantees you all of the regular maintenance services on a periodic basis. 

And when you take advantage of this program, you’ll often receive extra services, including:

  • Free inspections
  • Real-time roof reports
  • Quarterly maintenance guaranteed
  • Annual electronic budgeting reports

Benefits of Preventative Roof Maintenance

Regular roofing maintenance can have a significant impact on your building and thus your business. 

Here are five of the primary areas where it can help most:

Repair Cost Reductions

Commercial roof inspections cost considerably less than any other form of roofing labor. With a preventative maintenance plan in place, you can expect less severe roofing issues along with simple, cost-friendly solutions to problems that may arise. 

Enhanced Quality of Roof Life

All good things must come to an end, and sadly, this applies to commercial roofing structures too. When it comes to preserving your roof, preventative maintenance is crucial. Scheduling regular checkups keeps your roof in the best shape possible for an extended period.

Better Seller Value

Say you’re looking to sell your property. Don’t expect to make a deal if the roof is in poor condition. No one will want to take on a building with a leaky roof or other noticeable cosmetic or structural issues. Taking care of the property shows customers that you care about the value of their purchase.

Improved Safety and Lower Insurance Rates

Buildings that are deemed unsafe cost more to insure. This is often the case when your building’s roof is damaged or leaky. It’s best to negotiate preventative maintenance services in every insurance claim that pertains to your building.

More Energy Efficiency 

Roofing maintenance plays a major role in how your mechanical equipment performs. Without preventative maintenance, your roof won’t regulate temperature well or protect everything inside your building the way it’s supposed to.

Build the Perfect Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan 

Rainville-Carlson makes the maintenance process quick, easy, and as seamless as possible. We work tirelessly to help cut downtime out of your day-to-day so you can focus on what matters most—serving your customers and growing your business. And when you take advantage of the RC RoofControl system, you’ll gain a close view of the performance of your roofing system. This helps us streamline the process when it’s time to support the upkeep of your home or office building.

Learn more about our comprehensive maintenance programs today. Contact our experts to schedule your free, all-inclusive roofing consultation.