How To Extend the Life of Your Roof

Roof, Recover, Replace   February 13, 2009

Today’s tip is about how to extend the life of your roof if the tough economy has caused your capital budget, and your plans for a new roof, to be slashed.

If you haven’t already, institute a comprehensive roof maintenance program, which should include a historical record of actions performed, regularly scheduled inspections, solutions and recommendations for deficiencies found upon inspection, and repairs made as needed with appropriate documentation. Make sure that repairs are actually done in a timely manner and that the repairs are done correctly.

If you’re already past the point of no return, a full-scale roof restoration is sort of the last resort if you really do need a new roof, but don’t have the money. A roof restoration may include reflashing all roof curbs, base flashings, roof edges and drains. You could also recoat the existing roof with various roof coating products that could extend the roof life by seven to 10 years or more.

However, keep in mind that if the roof is really in tough shape, establish a plan for when the roof really has to be replaced, and present a list of options to the CFO, along with possible consequences if the roof fails.


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