Implementing a Roof Management Plan at Your Facility

Facility managers are responsible for managing more buildings, with less staff and budget, than ever before. Within these parameters, it has become critical to develop organized methods for tracking past, current, and future building repairs since facility managers are expected to estimate the type, and more importantly, the cost of repairs not only for the next year, but often for the next 5-10 years. A formal roof management plan (RMP) can assist in day-to-day operations and long-term planning.

Estimating roof repair and replacement costs using warranties and expected roof service life can be ineffective since roofs fail for various reasons, including the material/system designed and installed, amount of traffic or mechanical equipment maintenance on the roof, and weather conditions. It is unrealistic to assume that a five-year-old roof will not require maintenance or repairs for another fifteen years.

This presentation will discuss how to track and predict roof system performance by developing a well-organized RMP that consists of building histories, roof warranty information, on-site visual evaluations, non-destructive testing, and destructive testing.

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