Roof Maintenance vs. Roof Management—What Building Owners Should Know

Kathleen Maxwell | June 16, 2021

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Every building owner knows that maintenance is crucial for protecting their investment. Buildings naturally deteriorate over time and need regular care in order to last their expected lifespan. 

Some parts of a building, like a commercial roof, are complex and need a more proactive approach, rather than reactive maintenance, for their care. This is why so many building owners today are turning to roof management programs, like Maxwell Roofing’s MAXCare®, to prolong the life of their roof. Here is a little bit about the difference between roof maintenance and management. 

Roof Maintenance vs. Roof Management

1. Roof management is proactive rather than reactive.

Many building owners assume that properly maintaining their roof amounts to fixing problems as they arise. This reactive approach to maintenance will help protect a roof from the most serious damage, but it isn’t enough to prolong the life of a roof. A roof management program involves a clear schedule for maintenance and inspections to prevent large maintenance work or repairs before it’s even needed.

2. Roof management creates a holistic approach to roofing.

Many roofing companies look at construction, design, repair, and budgeting for commercial roofs separately. While these stages in a roofing project are all different, none of them exist in a vacuum. Every part of roofing and every stage of a roof’s life impacts the entire project. Roof management programs like MAXCare® track everything related to the roof together to create an individualized plan that accounts for the unique attributes of every roof.

3. Roof management provides clear documentation.   

MAXCare® includes industry-leading documentation and reporting in its services. This means that, every time, there is an inspection or a repair that it is clearly documented and properly billed. Documenting sporadic maintenance is not as easy and can raise questions for investors or on taxes. Roof management helps building owners keep everything in one place for easy access when filing financial reports. 

4. Roof management helps with planning for the future.

Occasional and unplanned maintenance creates a lot of room for surprise expenses. With a roof management program, building owners always know the condition of their roof, which allows them to plan and forecast their budget in the long term. This helps building owners save money throughout the life of their roofs and set aside money for upcoming expenses. 

If you’re ready to get started, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today! Our team is experienced and ready to help.

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