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Inspection for Commercial Roof Before Winter

There are many issues that can arise for you and your commercial building during winter. The first line of defence against natural hazards and inclement weather is your roof. Due to this change in weather, your roof may weaken as a result of cold and hot temperatures contracting and expanding it. In the fall or before the snow arrives, you should have your commercial roof inspected by a professional. With this plan, you will be able to plan for snow removal and address any roofing repairs necessary at this time.

Regular inspections and maintenance are much more cost-effective than fixing things as they break. A roof that is proactively maintained will generally last longer than one that isn’t maintained or is only inspected a few times a year.

Autumn is the perfect time to prepare your commercial roof for winter. If you have a flat roof, you could experience problems such as membrane damage, clogged drains, ponding water or debris, which can all lead to leaks during the winter. Eventually, leaks may impact the integrity of the entire building, making its repair much more difficult and expensive. By understanding the risks and conducting an extensive roof inspection beforehand, these leaks can be completely avoided.

So how can you prepare your commercial roof for the winter?

Keep Up With Your Roof’s History

When it comes time to preparing your roof for winter, knowing how old it is and what its maintenance history is extremely useful. Your roof contractor will be able to provide you with a more accurate assessment if you provide this information. Even though you can detect some signs of potential roof issues, it’s best to consult a professional. A roofing contractor will be better able to identify problems with the roof structure.

Schedule An Inspection

An inspection of your commercial roof is especially important in the fall. Regular inspections will catch small problems before they become larger and more expensive problems in the future. The maintenance of your roof is also necessary to maintain its warranty in most cases.

Perform Recommended Repairs

Upon completion of the inspection, it is vital that you make the recommended repairs to your commercial roof.

Roof Cleaning

A roof contractor must ensure that debris is not on your roof or gutters during your inspection. These items include garbage, leaves, and branches etc. You should have your roofing contractor remove everything that isn’t supposed to be there.

Look At Your Roof’s Surroundings

You should keep an eye out for surrounding trees and limbs that may hang over your roof. A building can be damaged by falling branches when snow adds weight to them.

Preparation is the key to keeping your roof and building safe during the winter. Whether it’s an emergency or removing snow, it’s always a good idea to have a plan. Get in touch with us today for more information about our fall roof inspection.

In the construction industry, a number of factors have contributed to an unprecedented economic climate causing material shortage for commercial roofing contractors.

While unrelated, these factors have collectively slowed roof installations, caused some contractors to shut down, and pushed others to the edge.

Roofing Material Shortage: What You Need to Know

In addition to the brief Suez Canal blockage, severe cold weather causing damage to manufacturers in the deep south, supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and gradual reopening of businesses, COVID caused global manufacturing to slow down and imposed unexpected and frequent price increases.

Adding to the difficulties are continuing problems in transportation, especially in handling freight, which affect contractors’ ability to acquire materials.

Although prices on some construction components (lumber, for example) have come down from the astronomical levels of a few months ago, costs for other critical materials continue to rise.

A Statistics Canada analysis of information shows raw material price index rose 27.7%  year over year which directly affection construction material prices.

Months-long shipping time for some components are causing delays in construction projects. Insulation materials for roofing such as polyisocyanurate (iso), expanded polystyrene (EPS), and other underlayment products are in short supply, with current lead times, depending on product, from seven months to a year.

Availability of these products will continue to be unpredictable, and indications are the economy will remain strong, pressuring suppliers around the globe to keep up with demand. Although no one can say with certainty, current guidance from vendors that supply the roofing industry indicate shortages will likely extend into 2023.

Overcoming Shortage & Shipping Delays

Guycan Ltd. is working to overcome material shortages and shipping delays by planning months ahead and stocking up on critical material inventories.

Commercial building owners and managers will benefit from the same approach in planning well ahead regarding roofing needs.

Facility management plans that call for roof work in 2022 will benefit from projecting roofing projects now so that work can be done in a timely manner. You’ll be less sure of an installation date and your prices will increase the longer you wait.

In the meantime, your current roofing system may need to perform longer than expected.

As part of regular building maintenance, visual inspections of the roof system, rooftop units, and edge and flashing details are required, but it is best to increase inspection frequency in order to identify and fix any minor issues to prolong roof system life.