Homeowners invest thousands, and in many cases millions of dollars to obtain and maintain their homes. Building owners invest a reasonable amount of money as well, and like homeowners they want to protect the value of their investment. While a homeowner may join a homeowners association (HOA) to improve the property's location and surrounding area, owners of commercial buildings will spend money on landscaping, decorations, and even a fountain. As these building owners work to boost the value of their properties, most overlook a critical element of the building: the roof.
The primary function of the roof is to shield the building and its contents from the elements. Thanks to the roofing structure, the building is free of rain, hail, snow, branches, and even animals. The presence of a roof also keeps the building's heating and air conditioning units from having to work so hard, since cooler air is kept inside the summer and warmer air is retained during the winter. If the roof is not handling these responsibilities effectively, it may be time to perform roofing maintenance. While maintenance can be used to make a roofing structure last longer, at some point the owner is just delaying the inevitable and would be better served economically to invest in a roof replacement.
The cost of a roof replacement is daunting, but this is actually an expense that is well worth the cost. A roof that contains leaks or cracks will allow hot and cold air to escape, which causes air conditioners and heating units to work harder and use more energy. Building owners can identify leaks and cracks by firing roofing maintenance companies to complete regularly scheduled inspections. When these inspections are not performed consistently, the roofing structure begins to deteriorate and allows allergenic fungus or water to accumulate within the structure. Over time this will weakened the roofing structure and could cause it to collapse. A roof replacement will outfit a building with a roof free of leaks and cracks, allowing the building owner to rest easy that the structure is not going to collapse any time soon.
When considering the value of a roof replacement, another factor to keep in mind is how the new roof will affect the building's value. A new roof is still going to be under warranty and in the immediate future will require very little roofing maintenance. Building owners who choose to replace their roof will improve the marketability of the property, increasing the likelihood of a sale. Owners can also expect to receive back a larger percentage of what they spend on a roof replacement, compared to how little they receive back when replacing carpets or re-painting the walls.
When hiring a roofing maintenance company to complete a roof replacement, building owners should do their due diligence. Ideally the company should be able to supply interviews while reflecting many years of experience. Building owners that do not research companies beforehand could hire roofing maintenance companies that use power washing, fail to treat surfaces for UV protection, or have a history of incompetence. Hiring a quality contractor to provide the roof replacement will ensure that building owners get the best return on their investment.