With winter on the way it’s very important to take steps now to ensure your roof is ready to handle the winter freeze. Here are 5 tips to prepare your commercial roof for winter:
The more you can do ahead of time, the better. Preventative commercial roofing maintenance is a key factor in extending the lifespan of your roof. It also helps you identify issues that need to be address now and other issues that you need to key an eye on. A simple maintenance appointment by a professional can ensure your roof is prepared for winter and helps you avoid a costly roof repair bill in the middle of the winter.
Learn more about the importance of preventative maintenance for commercial roofs.
Eliminate pooling areas
The pooling of water is a common site on commercial roofs, especially flat roofs. This can happen for many reasons, including low spots in the roof, sinking of the roofing structure, poor drainage, and other reasons. If water is allowed to pool and is not drained properly, it can create many problems, including getting underneath the roof surface. If you notice pooling, contact a roofing professional to have the issue addressed before winter. Water will freeze and can create ice dams and other water damage issues.
Seal all seams and access points
There are many areas of your roof that can be a potential source for roof leaks. It’s very important to inspect these areas each year prior to winter. An area such as seams, vents, around chimneys, skylights, and any other part of the roof that has seams is a potential access point for water. Make sure these areas are properly sealed using the right process and materials.
Insulate the roof
When was the last time the insulation under your commercial roof was checked? Many companies overlook this important aspect of their roof. It’s a great barrier against the cold winter weather. Insulation helps to create an additional barrier against outdoor elements, preventing water from freezing on the inside of the roof. Plus, if heat can escape via your roof, it can melt the snow, creating moisture and water that will freeze, creating ice dams.
Professional pre-winter roof inspection
Your best course of action is to hire a professional for a pre-winter roof inspection. Professionals know the warning signs and things to look for. Plus, it will give you peace of mind in knowing the state of your roof before winter. You will also have time to address issues that can help you seal your commercial roof and protect it against the winter freeze.
If you are looking to have your commercial roof inspected before winter, contact us today! Request a free quote anytime.