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How to Analyze Roof-Inspection Data
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Roofing: How to Prepare for InspectionsPt. 2: Roofing Maintenance: Inspection ChecklistPt. 3: This PagePt. 4: PRODUCT FOCUS: Roofing
The next step is to tabulate the inspection data, which drives future decisions managers make on repair or replacement. By letting the conditions dictate the recommendations, managers can develop a three-pronged approach for corrective action.
First, decide which roofs are candidates for preventive maintenance. These roofs are rated in good to excellent condition and require monitoring.
Second, decide which roofs need major capital replacement. These roofs are rated in poor to failed condition.
Third, decide if any roofs are candidates for roof restoration or differed capital expenditures. When done correctly, roof restoration can double the performance life of the existing roof for about 25 percent of the cost of full replacement.
It is very important that an expert in roofing and weatherproofing technology conducts the roof inspections. The inspector should be a neutral third party with no ties to a material manufacturer or contractor and should be looking out solely for the manager's best interests.
Being proactive about roof inspections will enable managers to set priorities and be more effective in managing roofing assets and developing a successful, long-range roofing program.
Nicholas J. O'Hare is a client relations specialist with StructureTec, a roofing and consulting firm headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich.