The number one factor when a roof needs to be replaced is WET INSULATION!!!
When attempting to evaluate whether a product or service substitution is “equal or better than the one originally specified"- ask yourself:
Are we going to lose the money saved on the initial cost by paying more over the life cycle of our investment?
Primary factors to consider when evaluating life-cycle cost of roofing:
- Design cycle (warranted life cycle) of the materials - Maintenance costs, including: - Annual cost per square foot - Anticipated major repairs, such as recoating - Non-destructive periodic evaluations for moisture penetration - Anticipated minor repairs, such as damage from foot traffic - Installation cost - Ancillary cost related to those building elements impacted by the roof system, such as surrounding masonry - Inspections during installation to ensure the quality of materials and labor - Energy-consumption costs - Disposal costs at end of life cycle - Anticipated new environmental regulations that might affect disposal costs - The value of material salvage or reuse - The effects of tax law on the roof replacement - Annual inspections
The cost of neglect is high: When buying a roofing solution, the only constant is your initial cost.
Over the life cycle of your roof, it is the cost of maintenance- or lack of maintenance- that will drive your cost.
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