Money Savers: avoiding costly roof repairs
For the average person visiting a local strip mall, their primary concerns involve the goods and services provided by the businesses. But for property manager Matt Streeter, one of the things that runs through his mind is the condition of the roof.

"More than you would think actually," Streeter said. "Every year we're budgeting and figuring out long term what we're gonna do roof-wise."

It's a mindset that officials from Mint Roofing say more people need to have, regardless of whether it's a residential home or a commercial building.

"I like to use the analogy of the dentist, do you want to wait until it hurts, or do you want to prevent it from hurting?" said Kevin Krolczyk, president of Mint Roofing.

In the case of any roof, experts say the key to prevent damage is to make sure the water drains properly.

"So three times a year, check your gutters, your eaves, clean that out - the leaves, debris, trees, everything, that's the most important thing you can do to your house," said Tristan Lundblad, an inspector with Mint Roofing.

Lundblad inspects rooftops on a daily basis. He says residential roofs have a lifespan of about 20 years, and commercial rooftops can last up to 35 years, but they still require inspections.

"At least once every three years on a residential roof and once every year on a commercial roof," Lundblad said.

Those inspections can identify a variety of issues.

"That helps make sure that we don't have wet ceiling, wet carpet, wet walls, things like that," Krolczyk said.

For Streeter, the property manager, a little preventative maintenance on his properties has gone a long way.

"Over a couple years, you could be saving anywhere between $8,000 to $12,000, just in repairs," he said.

Experts say that the cost of repairing a leaky roof is two-and-a-half times more than the cost of preventing a leak. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Better Business Bureau recommends people do their research. A roofer should be licensed with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Delane Cleveland

June 8, 2016


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