Prepping Your Commercial Roof for Winter
With winter right around the corner, it’s time to start taking steps to prepare your commercial roof for the season. Your roof helps separate you from the cold winter weather outside. If it doesn’t do the job, your building can suffer serious damage.
We’ve got all the tips you need to check your roof before the snow flies.
Why You Need an Inspection
The first thing on your maintenance checklist should be an inspection. Check your roof for any signs of wear or damage. The best way to do this is by getting up on the roof itself, but this might not always be an option.
Another way is by grabbing a pair of binoculars and looking over the roof from the ground. Walk around and inspect all the surfaces. Also, check inside the building for any water damage or signs of leaks. Spotting problem areas before they turn into a much larger problem can help you save money long term.
Loose metal flashing can become a big problem in the winter. Metal pieces unsecured to the roof allow water and ice to work their way underneath, potentially causing leaks. While inspecting your roof, take note of any loose flashing and repair it as soon as possible.
Also, check to ensure gutters are in place. Loose gutters may not be able to support the weight of the melting snow, causing them to rip off the side of your building. Without properly functioning gutters, the water has nowhere to go.
Clean the Roof
Debris can land on your roof throughout the year, blocking water and melting snow. These blockages can cause a massive problem when water begins to pool or back up. Be sure your roof is free of any extra debris before the snow starts to fall. This will keep your roof in top shape.
Also, be sure gutters are clean and in working order. A clear flow for water means it won’t have the chance to back up into your building.
Plan for Snow Removal
If you live in an area where the snow and ice tend to build up, it is important to have a plan in place for removal. When the snow melts during the day, it then refreezes at night when temperatures drop at night. On your roof, this leads to layers of ice, causing damage to your roofing materials. Snow removal immediately following a storm prevents this buildup of ice, keeping your roof in good shape for the whole season. Determine any problem areas that need special attention and be sure to remove the snow after every storm.
Twice a year, commercial roofing should have a professional inspection. A commercial roofing specialist can spot problems before they become a major issue, saving you money, overall. For a professional roof inspection, give us a call today. We’d be happy to help you get ready as the colder weather moves in to stay.
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