Most roofing assemblies include insulation, and insulation can be very absorbent. So maybe you have a cut on your roof, a seam broke loose, or some flashing around an HVAC unit has sustained 3rd-party damage, and water actually gets into your roofing system. But you don't know about it because there's no damage to your ceiling tiles or carpet. Water may be entering you roofing system for weeks, months, or even years and bring with it ever-increasing damage to your roofing materials. By the time water finally finds its way into your building, you may have experienced untold damage, which can be very expensive to address.
So it’s very important to be proactive. Having an annual or biannual inspection program is a great idea so that any areas of concern can be addressed before they turn into an expense concern. It's just like putting oil in your car. A lot of us could drive 10,000 miles or more on a single oil change without experiencing any outward signs of damage being caused to our engine. But damage is being caused and is reducing the service life of that engine, maybe significantly so.
On the other hand, by changing the oil regularly and at manufacturer’s recommended mileage benchmarks, you're protecting against significant damage from occurring. A $30 oil change every 3 to 5 thousand miles may protect you from spending exponential more on having to replace your entire engine from heat and friction damage.
It’s similar with your roof. A regular maintenance program can be very important to reveal issues that could be potential problems down the road. Any such issues found need to be addressed quickly because if you wait too long what was a minor concern can easily turn into an expensive problem to fix.
We’ve seen customers wait too long to address their roofing needs, costing them nearly $73,000 more than if they had not waited. Ironically, their primary reason for waiting was to avoid spending money. But that’s a case in point: Waiting to address real needs in order to save money almost always costs you more. Not only does more damage continue to occur to the roofing system, and exponentially so as the roof itself has less and less protective qualities, but the cost of building materials and supplies, labor costs, etc., also continue to go up. Waiting also reduces your options. Some projects that could have been restored now have be torn off and replaced at 3 or more times the cost.
Insights Into Invisible Damage - A Slideshow
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