Managing the Roof As an Asset
July 16, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Today’s tip is about how to develop a roof asset management program. A roof asset management plan is important because a roof is no longer just the top of a building – it’s an integrated piece of the building’s exterior. And a roof asset management program is a critical part of getting the most out of any roof.
Start by collecting all written documentation possible related to the roof, including original plans, warranties, inspection records, and repair and maintenance records. Next, devise a way to maintain data electronically to make access and recall easier.
Then, get out on the roof and survey it – or hire someone to do so. Conduct a roof assessment for the condition of each section of roof and develop a roof condition report. Make a priority list for any maintenance or repair work. If any pieces of documentation are missing, now is the time to replace them. Perform all the scheduled repairs and any preventive maintenance deemed necessary. Develop a system for inspecting the roof regularly. And inspect the roof after all major weather events.
For more information, check out the article in Building Operating Management’s July 2008 issue.