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Why Building Owners and Managers Should Consider their Roofs an Asset

Why Building Owners and Managers Should Consider their Roofs an Asset:

Why Building Owners and Managers Should Consider their Roofs an Asset:

The cost of performing a Roof Replacement project has and will continue to increase. The industry is directly affected by the petroleum industry price structure. The cost of petroleum based materials, combined with the cost of insurance, transportation, wages, benefits and other business costs has resulted in significant increases in your Roofing Systems value. The Roof of your facility is now expensive enough to be managed as an Asset. A good Roofing Consultant will act as an Asset Manager for your Roofing Systems. In the end, a good Roofing Consultant will design and implement a Roofing Maintenance Program that will extend the Service Life of your Roofing Asset(s).

A $1,000,000.00 roof is not very big in today’s roofing market. A $1,000,000.00 roof can be less than 60,000 square feet. A new roof on a 1500 square foot house can cost in excess of $10,000.00!

If a building manager considers his/her roofs an asset, one will take care of that asset. A managed roofing system may offer as much as 5 additional years of in place service over an un-managed roofing system. If you can maintain a 23 year old roof and extend the service life to 26 or even 30 years, the savings can be huge. If one can set aside $200,000.00 for each of the 5 additional years to reach the $1,000,000.00 cost, is it not worth spending $30,000.00 per year to MAINTAIN your ASSET and extend the roofs life for the 5 years?

The best way to develop a Roofing Maintenance Program is to find a Good Roofing Consultant to Evaluate your roofs and develop and implement a Roofing Maintenance Program.

How do I find a good Roofing Consultant for larger facilities?

How do I find a good Roofing Consultant for the Physical Plant Manager of larger facilities such as Hospitals; Colleges; Universities; Secular and other Institutions?

Today’s post is a follow-up to the last post; How do I find a good Roofing Consultant ?

So, how do I find a good Roofing Consultant for the Physical Plant Manager of larger facilities such as Hospitals; Colleges; Universities; Secular and other Institutions?

For the Physical Plant Manager of these larger institutions, you know the value of a leak proof roof. Often, the managers of multiple building facilities do not have extensive knowledge of roofing systems and issues. There are a tremendous variety of roofing systems and materials and membranes and insulations It is amazing what changes have taken place in the Roofing Industry.

For those managers of the older Historic buildings likely have “Traditional Roofing” or slate, tile or metal roofing systems. You may have “Traditional Roofing” systems interfacing with the modern polymer based roofing systems.

In our last post, we discussed that a Roofing Consultant should bring a well rounded knowledge and experience to a building Owner/Manager. Some roofing consultants may specialize in Low Slope roofing systems and may not offer Steep and/or historic roof consulting services. Other firms may specialize in steep sloped and historic or “Traditional Roofing” systems.

To locate the right Roofing Consultant for your specific needs you must identify what services you require. If you manage multiple buildings, such as a School District or a College campus, it is possible that you manage 15+ buildings. Imagine the following scenario: Of those 15 plus buildings, 5 are steep slope. They look like shingles. You have no idea how old they are. You have no idea what condition they are in. Of the remaining 10+ buildings, all are low slope. One is black, one has rocks, one looks like it is blowing in the wind and you have never seen the other ones.

You have no idea how old the individual roofs are. You do know that you have called the local roofing contractor more often this year than the last few. He is an honest guy and he just told you that your roof is showing signs that it won’t last much longer! That roof is huge! You have not prepared for such a large expenditure. There is no room in the budget for the next 2 years. This year we have contracted to replace the boiler plant. Next year we break ground on the new building. If we replace the roof in the third year, we will not have any money to keep operations going.

Now what do we do?

In all but the most dire of situations, a good Roofing Consultant should be able to prepare a Roofing Maintenance Program that is designed to extend the Service Life and maximize your roofing system(s) Life Expectancy. In short, a good consultant should be able to specify a repair program to buy the time until a total roof failure becomes eminent.

If you are a building manager, facility engineer, or a professional who is responsible for the life and integrity of a building and have a roofing concern, please contact us via our website by clicking HERE

Steve McLaughlin Roofing Consultant Update 2/19/13

Steve McLaughlin Roofing Consultant Update 2/19/13

Today I want to give you a little update on the projects I am currently working on and whats happening at Steve McLaughlin Roofing Consultant.

Thomas Wynne Apartment Complex

Interestingly enough, the roofs on this apartment complex are called “inverted” or “green” roofs. Inverted roofs are basically what they sound like – a roofing system where the typical exterior of the roof is below a form of water proof insulation. These are low slope roofs and are most commonly found on plazas and underground garages and can also be found on the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (another SMRC project). See more pictures of the Thomas Wynne Apartment Complex: HERE

University of Pennsylvania

Our next big project is the Arch building. It was built in 1927-29 and was purchased by the University of Pennsylvania within the last 10 years. The roof on this building is more traditional and historic. It is a natural slate and copper roof combined with EPDM or rubber roofing over concrete plank deck. See more pictures of the Arch Building: HERE

 Washingtons Crossing State Park

Washingtons Crossing McConkeys Ferry Inn

If you are a building manager, facility engineer, or a professional who is responsible for the life and integrity of a building and have a roofing concern, please contact us via our website by clicking HERE

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