Roofing Maintenance Programs are Key to Long-Term Roof Performance

by Nate on May 16, 2010

Roofing Maintenance Programs are Key to Long-Term Roof Performance

There are several key factors to consider when searching for the best commercial roofing company and system available. Two such factors include the relationship built between the building owner and the roofing specialists, and the programs offered to customers regarding regular inspections and proper maintenance of one’s new roof systems. The following are some guidelines to use in your search for the right roofing company for your specific roofing needs.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) believes that the most effective way to keep a roof performing for an extended period of time is to go with a roof company that not only uses and applies a superior roofing system, but one that creates a formal and long-term relationship between the building owner and the roof contractor. So, how do you know when you have found professional roof contractors? NRCA gives a few tips on picking out the professional high quality roofing consultants from the ordinary everyday roofing companies.

A professional roofing contractor is someone who understands and follows the local building practices. They understand the local business environment and know how to complete the work necessary. On top of that, they not only know and understand their own roof coating, they also understand other roofing systems and will recommend different roofing types that will best suite a particular building.

A proficient commercial roofing company also has a trained and experienced workforce that they can verify with documentation. They should also respond quickly to any roof leaks or roof repairing needs or concerns. Finally, you should look for a roofing contractor that is well established in the community. They work in, and give back to, his/her local community.

For metal roofs to perform at their best requires a proper design, quality materials, and quality application of the roof coatings. For a roof to perform successfully over an extended period of time, it is critical to establish a program of regular inspections and proper roof maintenance. Finding a roofing company that provides its customers with a formal long-term maintenance agreement is your best way to ensure satisfactory post-installation roof performance, not going with a company that only provides its customers with a warranty. Warranties do not necessarily provide assurance of satisfactory roof performance. More times than not, you will find that the warranty contains provisions which significantly limit the warrantor’s liability and the consumers remedies in the event that a problem or roof leak arises. Unlike a warranty, a roofing maintenance program offers building owners many advantages. Opposite of a warranty, a maintenance program is proactive rather than reactive. It can help to identify problems at their early stages rather than waiting until it has grown to be a large-scale problem. With regular maintenance to your roof, sources and causes of leaks can be seen and addressed before a problem occurs. You will also find that with a maintenance program, response times to address roof repairs are greatly improved. With warranties on the other hand, it can take time for a repair call to be processed and during that processing time your roofing repairs go unsolved. Finally, a maintenance program allows for a planned, organized approach to management of a roof asset—and allows for responsible, timely preparations of long-term capital expenditures.

We at Thermal-Tec Commercial Roofing can provide a maintenance program for you with our low cost, yearly inspection program. Call or email us today for details.


Thermal-Tec Roofing is a leading Midwest Commercial Roofing Contractor, Asphalt Roofing and Industrial Roofing Company that provides our MR Multi-Ply® Roof System to commercial roofs and industrial roofs throughout the Midwest including; Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Alabama and all other Midwest states and cities.  Our award winning Roofing Company has been successfully maintaining roofs, repairing roofs and installing commercial and industrial roofs since 1983 and has grown to having offices in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  Visit our Commercial Roofing Website here.

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