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Quit throwing your roof away!

11 Dec 2015 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
R&A Contracting - St. Louis commercial roofing

Did you know the average commercial roof with “as needed” maintenance lasts only thirteen years?

The Roofing Alliance for Progress studied low-slope commercial roofs with regular maintenance compared to low-slope commercial roofs with only reactive(“as needed”) maintenance. The study spanned fifteen years with intriguing findings:

  • Commercial roofs with reactive (“as needed”) maintenance routines cost an average of $0.25/sq. ft. These same roofs last on average of only 13 years.
  • Comparatively, commercial roofs with proactive maintenance routines cost only $0.14/sq. ft. and last an average of 21 years, an eight-year difference.

Using these same study results, a 20,000 sq. ft. low-slope commercial roof with only reactive maintenance measures cost $5,000 compared to the same size of roof costing $2,800 to maintain with proactive maintenance programs in place.

Further studies from the Roofing Alliance for Progress reveal significant findings:

  • Business owners spend an average of more than $127,500 in roof maintenance and replacement over the life-cycle of a building.
  • A regular roof maintenance program can save building owners up to 50 percent over the lifetime of a 30-year commercial roof.
  • Reactive (“as needed”) maintenance programs quickly reduce life expectancy of an average commercial roof to 15-20 years.
  • An average commercial building roof size is around 10,000 sq. ft. with an average commercial roof replacement costing over $42,500.

Avoid early commercial roof tear-offs

One of the best ways to avoid premature roof replacement is to perform regular maintenance checks on your roof. Our R&A Contracting team created a commercial roof maintenance checklist to help identify and repair even minor damage before it becomes a major headache.

Click here to download our Commercial Roof Maintenance Checklist.

We also provide complimentary, no hassle inspections for business owners across the greater St. Louis area. If you have questions or concerns about roof repair or replacement, we welcome you to ask any questions. We’re St. Louis’ most trusted commercial roofing contractor and we’re here to serve you.

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO