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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Does it really matter whether you plan for roof maintenance and repair? Either way, it still needs to be done, and it’s still going to cost money. But, there’s a big difference in being proactive vs reactive. We look at some reasons why.

What lies beneath?

Most facility managers have very little time on their hands and let’s face it, there are so many other issues that need to be taken care of as a FM other than the roof on a building. However, more often than not, the root cause of problems they face in other areas of the building could be because of what can’t easily be spotted with their naked eye. Because of this, FM’s take a reactive approach when it comes to roof maintenance.

Most won’t even think about what’s going on with the roof until the leak starts to cause trouble. Out of sight, out of mind right? So, what can we do to change that? According to Buildings.com, a proactively maintained roof will last an average of 21 years but if you’re reactive to roof maintenance, an average roof’s lifespan will only have 13 years.

Could you comfortably tick this box?
Could you comfortably tick this box?

The bigger picture

The progressive FMs of 2016 are now starting to look at the bigger picture where knowledge is seen as power. To master the proactive approach, engaging the experts to assist in maintenance budget forecasting, planning out 3 to 5 year maintenance plans and providing detailed roof condition inspection reports are all critical to money well spent. This way, the FM is always on top of everything and can easily avoid unexpected costs that come at the expense of not being proactive.

At R&BS, we can help you be one of those stand-out FMs. How? We have the expertise, the knowledge, the history and the experience to provide you with everything you need so it’s right at your fingertips.