You may not think about it much, seeing as how it’s over your head most of the time, but the roof is an important part of every building. The roof provides shelter from the sun, from hot and cold temperatures, and from water leaks. A roof also provides large interior spaces for warehouses and other large buildings with walls and columns. Roof structures also support important building safety systems such as interior lighting, utilities, fire-proofing assemblies, insulation, roof-mounted air-handling equipment, and fire-suppression systems.
When things get tough it’s easy to start down the path of deferred maintenance (that’s putting off fixing that leaky roof until you “have more” money to fix it) but it’s important to make sure that your building’s roof is properly maintained – otherwise you could be looking at more costly repairs than if you’d fixed it sooner.