DON’T BOTHER PATCHING YOUR COMMERCIAL ROOF LEAKS WITH TEMPORARY FIXES
While no fix is permanent in roofing, or in life for that matter, some fixes are certainly more temporary than others. A fix that lasts five years is more temporary than one that lasts ten, fifteen, or twenty. As such, repairs that only last five years, or simply repairs and fixes that are short-lived, are not the best repairs available.
Sure, different situations call for different solutions, and sometimes only a short fix is required. The building may be scheduled for a remodel that will remove the roof in five years. Maybe the owner is about to sell the building and doesn’t think the investment will pay off at sale time. Whatever the reason, a longer expected life on a solution is not always desirable.
When Do I Want a Longer Life to My Solution to My Commercial Roof Leak?
This question is pretty easy to answer, unless you have a reason to want a short-term solution, you will always want a long-term solution to your commercial roof leaks. Long-term solutions should be the rule; short-term solutions should be the exception.
Unfortunately, many building owners and facility managers don’t want to invest the money required to get a long-term solution, even though it would be much better for their company. While long-term solutions to commercial roof leaks should be the rule, in practice they are very often the exception.
You should utilize short-term solutions if the building will soon be out of commission, you are planning a larger repair in the near future and just need a stop-gap, you are planning to sell the building and don’t think the investment will pay itself off, or if operations may not continue into the future. Your commercial roof leaks can be stopped for only a few short years if you have any of the exceptions mentioned above, or others similar to them.
We always recommend that building owners take a long term approach to their facility management, whether this means installing a great roof, or installing energy efficient lights to save money over the life of the building. Our silicone roofing system is a great long-term solution that also provides inexpensive protection from commercial roof leaks. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you keep your building dry, don’t hesitate to contact us.