Most of the time, we would recommend to building owners and facility managers that they be willing to invest more money up front to get a better life and use out of their roofing system. We work with the contractors in our network to make sure they are also recommending long-term solutions because we believe that this is how we provide our customers with the best product and the best results.
However, occasionally, the situation is just right that a building doesn’t need a long-term roofing solution, and it just needs something short-lived to fill the space between now and the event on the horizon. Let’s look at some situations in which a building owner might accurately elect to settle for a short-term solution.
When Is a Short-Term Solution OK?
The first situation in which a short-term roofing solution is OK, and maybe even favorable, is when the building is or will be up for sale in the very near future. If the building owner has already determined a buyer of the facility and the buyer is known to place little value in a reflective, seamless roofing system, don’t invest in our system just before selling. If your roof has leaks, simply patch the leaks in the short-term and let the new owner make the decision on how they will improve the roof.
Building Is Being Repaired
Another time in which a short-term solution may be the right choice for your roof is if you have major repairs, additions or remodels planned for the building. Perhaps your roof has some leaks now that you’d like to fix, but you know that you are remodeling that wing of your plant in three years. You don’t need a 15 year product on a section of life that will only last 3 more years. If this is the case, look at the likelihood the part of the building with roofing issues will be receiving changes, and then decide if it needs a long or short-term solution to hold it over.
The Company Is Approaching It’s End
If you know that the company is not likely to continue in operations past 3-4 years in the future, why invest precious capital in a 15, 20 or 30 year roofing solution? You may be able to recoup the cost of those systems in the sale of your company, and if that is the case then maybe you should make the investment. However, it’s more likely that your assets will be sold at a discount and the investment won’t pay off.
These are three situations in which a short-term solution for your roof is acceptable and may even be the best choice. Can you think of other situations? Let us know what you think.