As custodians of public funds, it’s important that government agencies prioritize spending their budgets wisely. This is true whether it’s for funding public programs or maintaining public buildings. For many government workers, building maintenance can often become an afterthought, but putting off repairs can cause costly problems down the line.
We’ve pulled together a few basic guidelines for government agencies to use when planning their roofing budgets.
Be proactive, not reactive.
Many agencies only get their roofs inspected when something is obviously wrong. This out-of-sight-out-of-mind approach can seem appealing. After all, why set aside money every month for building maintenance when you can take care of it later? Well, the problem with reactive management is that it can lead a roof to deteriorate faster or result in more expensive repairs over time. Being proactive with regular inspections and maintenance can help save money over time and prolong the life of a roof.
Following roof construction, it’s important to keep track of warranties for all the different products that make up the roofing system. If the roof fails early, it is likely covered by one of the manufacturer’s warranties. A reliable roofing partner will be equipped to help handle refunds from manufacturer warranties.
Don’t put off inspections.
Regular inspections are the first step towards creating a maintenance plan. It’s critical that roofs are inspected throughout the course of their lifetime to ensure that they are functioning properly. Between inspections, it’s also essential that facility managers remain proactive and inspect their roofs for problems. At the first sign of trouble, call in a professional.
Prioritize roof management.
Many government agencies are responsible for multiple buildings. Roof management programs, like Maxwell’s MAXCare®, can help facility managers track multiple buildings at once. These programs provide an easy way to monitor a roof’s condition, plan budgeting, and report on maintenance spending.
Choose a reputable roofing partner.
The most critical budgeting tool for any government agency is a reliable roofing partner. Reputable roofers can help assist in the management of every step of the roofing process, from construction to maintenance to an eventual re-roof. Choosing a local roofing company with a reputation of quality and respect is the best way to ensure wise budgeting.
If you’re ready to get started with roof budgeting, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today. Our team is ready to help with all of your roofing needs.