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Why medium-box stores need roof asset management
A N T HON Y V RO S S
roof is taken for granted until
something goes wrong—and
that something is usually a
leak. When a leak occurs, the
facility manager’s priorities
are often limited to the speciﬁc
repair, so the rest of the roof
is forgotten until another leak
is discovered and the budget
takes another hit. This reactive
cycle and those who let such
events dictate their maintenance and capital expenditures are
likely to spend much more than necessary on rooﬁng. In addition,
this approach runs the risk of shortening a roof’s lifespan.
A reactive approach to roof maintenance is often counterproductive. It lacks reliable information necessary to develop a longterm capital improvement plan that includes accurate projections
for future budgetary needs. That’s because the calculations of
a reactive budget are based upon roof expenses from previous
years with little or no consideration being given for spending
that might actually extend the roof service life and save budget
dollars over the long term.
According to recent studies, the roof can “account for nearly
60 percent of (a) building’s total maintenance cost” over its lifespan (Rooﬁng Contractor, June 2011). Maintaining a roof by merely
reacting to problems costs an average of 25 cents per square foot
annually (Rooﬁng Contractor, November 2009). However, those
with proactive roof programs in place spend on average only ﬁve
to six cents per square foot annually.
The lifespan of proactively maintained roofs averages 21 years
compared with an average lifespan of 13 years for those under
reactive maintenance. A proactive approach to roof management
has saved our customers as much 66 percent of what they would
have spent had they only reacted to leaks.
The conclusion from such statistics should be obvious.
Reasonably extending a roof’s lifespan through proactive roof
asset management and preventative maintenance will cut a roof’s
life cycle costs and increase savings over the long term.
Deteriorated base ﬂashing on equipment curbs.
Deteriorated drip edge needing sealing.
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