During the past several years, roofing contractors and roof
consultants throughout the United States have seen substantial
increases in requests for roof asset management or preventive
maintenance services. Whether this is a result of building owners
and building managers recognizing the long-term benefits of such
services or simply having an increased concern for cost control and
"getting the most out of their roofs" is difficult to determine.
However, this change in buying habits certainly has affected the
It seems as though everyone in the roofing business—from
manufacturers to consultants to contractors of every size—has
developed a program, system or department to address owners' roof
system maintenance needs.
Most of us on the service end of the roofing industry would
agree, in most cases, any preventive maintenance is better than
none. However, because there are so many approaches to address
owners' needs, it becomes important for the building owner
community to understand the basic services typically provided and
what to look for when considering to move from a crises-management
mode to a proactive one.
This article will attempt to clarify roof system maintenance
questions for building owners and provide some reasonably objective
answers. Remember, there is no such thing as the absolute right
answer or wrong answer to any question. What follows is a result of
personal experience and conversations with numerous successful
roofing contractors and happy and...
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