When it comes to winter, roofs of commercial properties require as much care and proper cold weather preparation as residential roofs do. Cold temperatures and winter storms can severely damage commercial property roofing, resulting in costly repairs and possible disruption of tenant business or decreases in the property’s value. Read on to see how you can prevent these problems by properly winterizing your commercial property roof.
It’s hazardous to go up on your roof during any season, but especially in the winter when it’s covered in snow and ice. It’s a good idea to call a professional to perform any winterizing tasks or maintenance on your commercial property’s roof.
Inspect the Roof
Inspect the roof surface for cracks, buckles, punctures, and tears. Don’t forget to check roof seams, edges, and flashing to confirm that everything is intact. Some single-ply roof membranes can have weak seams that become challenged during winter’s heavy storms and cold temperatures. Check that fastenings and adhesives are securely holding flashing and other components in place.
Keep Current with Repairs
If your roof has already experienced any damage or is showing signs of wear and tear, winter weather will only cause further damage. Don’t delay hiring a professional roofing contractor to perform any necessary repairs.
Remove Snow Buildup
With the flat or low-slope roofs, there’s always a risk of collapse since there’s no opportunity for weighty ice and snow to safely slide off. The best thing you can do to prevent a potential roof collapse is keeping it clear of ice and snow, especially if there are visible snow drifts. This is a dangerous task, so hire a professional roofing contractor to clear it for you.
Keep Drains & Eaves Clear
Have your roofing contractor clear any and all roof drains to allow for runoff and limit ponding, which is problematic for flat roofing surfaces. The contractor should also clear pathways to the eaves in situations where there is a pitched roof without drainage pipes.
Don’t Overlook Landscaping
Surprisingly, what’s growing on the ground can have a direct effect on the health of your commercial property roof. Keep an eye out for trees in close proximity, tall bushes or even vines that can reach your rooftop. Trim back anything too close to your roof to prevent branches from falling onto the roof.
If you need to hire a professional to winterize your commercial property roof, contact LaFerney Commercial Roofing. We offer complete roof repair, installation, and maintenance for all commercial roofing jobs. To learn more or to request a quote from LaFerney Commercial Roofing, give us a call at 1-800-633-3119.