What will maintenance cost you on your roof-covering?

Let’s say you have a 4645m² roof, with a 10-year design life. The cost to install it was R 500-00m². That means the roof cost R 2 322 500-00 to install. The cost per year of the roof is R 232 250-00. If the roof is not maintained, and it only lasts half of its design life, the yearly cost of this roof jumps to R 464 500-00 a year. If that happens, in 5 years, you will need another R 2 322 500-00 to replace it.

The cost to maintain a roof averages about 2 percent of the roof installation cost per year. In our example, that means R 46 450-00 a year. Over 10 years, that means    R 464 500-00. Spending that money to keep the roof maintained means the roof should last its full service life, which in turn means that you will only have to spend that R 2 322 500-00 once. So even though you have spent R 464 500-00 over the roof’s service life, you may well have saved R 1 858 000-00 by not having to replace the roof prematurely.

The diagram below depicts the various weights of popular roofing systems in South Africa, this plays a crucial role, in the future longevity of your roof, it also depicts how much maintenance will be required for the structure, to support the roof in years to come.

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The diagram below depicts the time taken to install a basic 300m² roof in South Africa, at present, with 5-6 labourers:

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Jaime De Morais
Jaime recently joined Global Innovative Building Systems (PTY) LTD. Appointed as the Marketing Manager and coming from a digital back-ground, he is implementing new strategies to educate consumers on the various products Global offers including the Owens Corning Shingle Roofing System. His fresh and creative approach will add a new dimension, assisting the Company to grow and reach new heights