A thorough, preventative maintenance review is essential in maintaining healthy facilities, reducing overhead and much more. The roof can play an even bigger role than many realize. Facilities Managers are constantly faced with an ongoing struggle between budget and facility needs. As a result, Facilities Managers should conduct a thorough, preventative maintenance review of the entire building, starting at the roof, as explained by FacilitiesNet, to truly maintain healthy facilities.
Why Do Facilities Managers Overlook the Roof?
Roof maintenance may seem like nothing more than inspecting the roof for leaks when it rains. However, the roof plays a much bigger role than many realize. The roof is the most important part of the building. Leaks may lead to damage to interior drywall, and mold could result in health problems to building occupants. Falling debris may cause injury to occupants, and the costs of deferred maintenance for roof issues may be significantly higher than the rule of thumb for deferred. Instead of just repairing one issue, Facilities Managers could face repairing countless assets, both electrical and material.
The Roof is as Important as the Foundation in Healthy Facilities
The roof must be thoroughly checked for issues and maintained, reports FacilitiesNet, This may include reapplication of tar or other roofing materials, reinforcement for aging structures, and additional measures to prevent heat transfer to the building. Moreover, today’s level of renewable energy, specifically solar panels, are pushing rooftop inspections and maintenance to the top of the maintenance schedule.
How to Conduct a Preventative Maintenance Review of the Roof
A preventative maintenance review of the roof is key to maintaining a healthy facility, both literally for the building and the health of building occupants. A thorough preventative maintenance or checklist review, reports Buildings.com, which closely mirrors whole-building maintenance checklists, must include:
- An assessment of any visible signs of water or storm damage.
- Identification of weaknesses in the roof materials.
- Assessment of the current life cycle cost for the roof, explains Facility Executive.
- Determination if a repair or complete replacement is necessary.
- Inspection of all areas of entry to the facility, particularly around rooftop assets, like solar panels, HVAC units, drains, and vents.
- Review of the condition of vent caps, as well as all caps for exhaust areas, such as bathroom vents and chimneys, as appropriate.
Put the Safety and Health of Your Building Occupants First with a Plan for Rooftop Maintenance Today
The health of your facility is only as good as the condition of your roof. Even though it may not run on electricity, it still deserves the same attention and quality of maintenance as your most expensive assets. In some cases, the costs to replace a roof, as well as damage resulting from a leaking or damaged roof, can rival the costs of replacing the biggest HVAC systems. Since keeping occupants happy and healthy is essential in building brand value, Facilities Managers should focus on the roof before addressing other assets. Of course, the roof may not need inspections as often as other systems, but the importance of rooftop assessments must be kept in high-priority.
Plus, a maintained roof will help lower energy bills and improve profitability in your facility.