Increase Longevity: How Your Roof Can Help Meet Sustainability Goals

April 28, 2014

To get the most life from your roof, it’s critical that you perform regular maintenance – both scheduled and as needed.  Radical weather cycles and UV, building expansion and contraction, unwanted vegetation and environmental debris, and a lack of routine repair and maintenance can rapidly diminish the ability of the roof system to perform as intended at the life expectancy originally predicted.

Roof Inspection
Not only does the manufacturer’s warranty require it, but an annual roof inspection is one of the best ways to gauge the ongoing condition of your roofing system.

An inspection performed by roofing professionals assesses the condition of more than 20 components of the roof, providing you with the knowledge to address small repairs before they become big problems. The sooner that damage, defects, and wear are detected, the greater the chances that, with repairs, they will not adversely affect the life of the roofing system.

General Preventive Maintenance
Without ongoing routine maintenance, premature roof failure is inevitable. The fewer years that a roof lasts, the more landfill waste is generated. Not only is this no-maintenance, constant reroofing cycle not practical or environmentally friendly, it’s also quite costly.

General preventive maintenance can reduce the total cost of a customer’s roofing investment over the life of the system by 22 to 43 percent. A proactive approach to roof maintenance also maintains the efficiency of insulation by keeping it dry, which results in lower utility bills and reduced energy consumption. 


This is the final blog article in D. C. Taylor Co.’s four-part series on how (and why) to include your roof in environmental initiatives.