As many communities are scouring their budgets to cut costs, the roofs are where many are missing a great opportunity for substantial savings. Because the appearance of the roofs has such an impact on property values, many communities in Florida require that homeowners / residents keep their roofs clean – just like they require that the lawns are mowed, bushes are trimmed, and driveways are kept clean. The more proactive and comprehensively managed communities coordinate the roof cleaning for the benefit of the community – making it more convenient for the homeowners, maintaining a consistent look throughout the community, minimizing disruption, and saving money at the same time. This is where communities in Central Florida and on the Treasure Coast can learn a lot from their counterparts in Southeast and Southwest Florida.
It makes sense to most people that coordinated maintenance will save time and money and when you're dealing with an HOA community, the savings can be substantial. It's not unusual for communities to save tens of thousands of dollars by making relatively simple changes in their approach to property maintenance. If a community of 300 homes can save each resident $100 through coordinated maintenance, this will translate into a $30,000 savings for that community. In an industry where there is almost constant pressure to keep HOA dues low and avoid increases to every extent possible, this is substantial.
So why are some Central Florida and Treasure Coast communities not yet taking advantage of the opportunity to save so much money? It usually boils down to momentum. If the management of the community does not already involve keeping the roofs clean, some board members & property managers are reluctant to take on the added responsibility simply because it’s not convenient. But sometimes it’s a perception that getting involved with this will be arduous or open the community up to liability. This is not true about keeping the roofs clean any more than it’s true about painting, pressure cleaning, or landscaping. If management and the board vet their contractors properly, the process is relatively smooth and does not increase the exposure of the community – a fact proven out in South Florida over the last couple of decades.
Communities throughout Southeast Florida have been saving tens of thousands of dollars for decades by managing the roof cleaning process. Southwest Florida has caught on to this trend in the last 5-6 years. Now it’s time for Central Florida and the Treasure Coast to catch up.
So if you’re looking for ways to save money, look up. With the right approach, coordinating the roof cleaning in your community will enhance the community’s image, preserve and protect property values, and it will save the community money at the same time.
- Roof-A-Cide Information for Board Members and Community Managers
- Stop by & See Us at The Show in Orlando on Sept. 26