|These Roofs were Scheduled for |
Replacement roughly Ten Years Ago
For most Florida communities, Roof Cleaning is part of recurring maintenance simply because dirty roofs look bad and clean roofs look much better. Very few things drag down the appearance of the average community like roofs that look old and worn out because they are covered in black algae.
But if they’re truly looking to maximize value and minimize long-term costs, appearance is only one of several factors that Board Members and Community Managers should be concerned with regarding their community’s significant investment in their roofs.
Aside from aesthetics, communities should also be concerned with:
- Longevity & Proper Performance
- Long-term Cost
- Property Values
- Disruption / Inconvenience
Contrary to what many people outside of the Roofing Industry believe, you cannot put a roof on today, forget about it, and expect it to last for decades.
But if your community is accustomed to reactionary maintenance, you’ll probably
have the roofs cleaned when they become an eyesore, you’ll have a Roofer
inspect and repair the roofs when someone is complaining about leaks, and the roofs will be replaced much sooner
than they should have been. This reactionary approach to maintenance doesn't work well for any major repair or replacement item – pools, pavement, HVAC, etc.
and it doesn't work well for Roofing.
|But They Still Look Great & |
Function Fine Today
The best approach is a comprehensive, proactive maintenance program that includes:
1. Regular inspections with special attention to common problem areas
2. Minor maintenance / repair
3. Keeping the roofs clean to eliminate the need for unnecessary wear & tear associated with roof cleaning
4. A periodic assessment of the remaining useful life of the roofs (No one likes to be surprised by a major project)
The Board & Management are charged with spending everyone's money wisely. This approach will not only protect the community’s investment by helping to prolong the life of the roofs, but it will also keep the property aesthetically pleasing and minimize disruption as it gives the Board & Management the critical information they need in order to budget and plan properly for ongoing repairs & maintenance as well as the eventual replacement.