How to prepare your commercial roof for Winter
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll recall that the first episode was titled “Winter Is Coming.” Much of the first season focused on preparation for a long cold winter. Well, Winter IS coming, and we’ve put together a few things you can do to prepare your commercial roof for the brutal Winter conditions just around the corner.
If you are a commercial property owner or facility manager, you are well aware of the importance of a sound roof. Taking a few proactive measures during the Fall months will help prevent expensive leaks and repairs when the temperature plummets and your roof is covered in snow and ice.
Weather extremes are hard on your roof, and the constant freeze/thaw cycles of Minnesota Winters can be especially damaging. Your roof membrane contracts in the cold and expands as it warms, turning minor issues into big ones. Fortunately, seasonal damage can often be prevented by having your roof inspected and repairing any problems now, before the snow flies.
As snow accumulates on your roof, a layer of ice forms at its surface. Thawing snow starts to pool and will find its way to the path of least resistance. A well-maintained commercial roof with no structural deficiencies will drain to its drain system.
In short, investing in a professional inspection by Mint Roofing could potentially prevent costly interior damage and repairs later.
How can you make sure your commercial roof is ready for Winter?
The first step in prepping your roof for Winter is to review your maintenance history.
- How old is your roof?
- When was it last inspected?
- Have you had any signs of minor leaks during the Spring and Summer months?
- Have there been any significant storms since its last inspection?
SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION
If you’re not already part of our TopSite Preventative Maintenance program, you should schedule an inspection as soon as possible. Winter will be here before you know it, and our calendar fills up quickly once we get to the end of September.
CLEAN AND REPAIR
Schedule repairs for any issues discovered immediately. As we’ve pointed out before, little issues tend to become big problems once the weather turns cold. All too often, roof damage doesn’t become a problem until the Spring thaw.
Now is also the time to clean the leaves from your drains, gutters, and downspouts. Your Mint Roofing techs will make sure that your drainage system is clear and in good working condition. If trees shed their leaves on your roof after our visit, be sure to make arrangements to have them removed before the first snowfall.
It’s a choice
There is no way around it – commercial roofs will eventually leak. The goal is to repair minor roof damage before it leads to leaks and costly interior damage. Over time, proper maintenance will save your organization money and disruption to business that even a minor leak brings.
Our TopSite Preventative Maintenance program is the easiest way to keep your roof in tip-top shape for every seasonal change. But our commercial roofing experts welcome new clients who want to schedule a pre-Winter commercial roof inspection.
Call us today to schedule yours at: 952-473-8080