Simple tips to mitigate weather damage

These simple tips can save you thousands of dollars: 

Season Changes

Season changes are a great time to perform some simple maintenance to mitigate the risk of damage from severe weather and the unnecessary expense of leaks and repairs. 

 

Exterior Walls


The exterior walls should be checked for leaks, cracks, and missing mortar. Sealing these openings will help control the interior climate of your building. 
 
Ceiling and Interior Walls


Check the ceilings and interior walls for signs of leaks. These will appear as stains.  When snow and ice form on the roof, the small leaks will be very difficult to locate and hard to repair with many roof systems. These areas may also intensify during spring and summer storms.

 
Roof Deck, Facia, and Coping


Look for deterioration on the facia and coping. The deck should be checked for excessive movement, splits, and deteriorated caulking at seams and joints. Cold weather causes materials to contract in size. If any areas are loose, separation may occur. Separation provides an opportunity for water to enter the building. 

 
Roof Penetrations


All roof penetrations should be checked for deteriorated caulking, seals,flashing, or any imperfections. This includes pitch pockets, vent pipes, chimney flashing, curbs, parapet walls, etc.  Repairs should be made promptly with a proper seal to keep air and moisture out of the roofing system. 

 
Gutters, Drains, and Downspouts


Gutters, drains, and downspouts should be checked and cleared. Allowing water to move freely from the roof is important this time of the year. Ice dams and melted snow can increase the load on the gutter, leading to back-up of water or loosening of the guttering. Wind can also damage these components. Take care to make certain they are properly attached.

 
Roofing Field

Check the roof surface area itself. Look for tears, cracks, holes, etc., and have those repaired. Redistribute ballast to cover any bare spots. 

 

Safety


Walking on a roof is dangerous. In the winter ice formations can create additional hazards. No one should be on the rooftop after dark. Wet roofs are also a hazard. Prior to 10:00 am, the roof may also be more dangerous due to dew, ice, or frost. 

 
Cold temperatures make roofs less flexible and more susceptible to damage by sharp objects, such as snow removal equipment. While, this is not often a concern in the Southeast, please consider the use of trained snow removal services. This reduces the risk of roof damage. 
 
 
Did you know?


If your roof is more than 15 years old or has had multiple repairs, a roof recovery may be a cost-effective option. The LaFerney Defender series may even be installed during colder weather. The Defender can help you rest easy during this winter and many more to come. Contact LaFerney Commercial Roofing today to see how we can help you find the optimal solution. 800-633-3119