Winter is here, and the worst is yet to come. As doom and gloomy as that sounds, snow and more hazardous winter weather are around the corner, and your commercial roof may or may not be prepared for it. As the owner of a commercial building, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of the people working and entering your building, and it’s a commercial roofing company’s responsibility to help you ensure your roof is winter-proof when you request it.
In order to make sure that your roof is prepared for the potential snow, hail, ice, and more that winter weather can bring, there are a few things you and your commercial roofing company can do to help.
Step 1: Get your roof cleaned
In the winter it’s already going to be more challenging to clean your roof due to the cold weather, but it will just become more difficult as snow and ice join the mix. Having your roof cleaned will help a commercial roofer be able to identify anything that may need to be repaired or that may pose a safety hazard for those using the building.
Step 2: Get your roof inspected
After having your roof cleared from debris and food scraps or whatever else may be found on the roof, it’s time to get your commercial roof inspected. It’s so important to have roof inspections done regularly, as the roof is exposed to all weather conditions and can quickly cause not only cosmetic but structural damage.
Some problems your commercial roofing service may find and want to repair include:
Clogged drainage system
The last thing you want is after a heavy snowfall, for your roof to cave in. Even if the damage isn’t extreme or doesn’t pose a significant safety risk, small leaks can also be more frustrating than necessary. The sooner you address any damage to your roof, the less likely it is to develop into something major or big that could pose a significant problem or cost a large amount.
Step 3: Create a snow and ice removal plan
Snow and ice may not seem like they pose a big threat to the wellbeing of your commercial roof, but even if larger concerns like a caving roof are avoided, they can still create a large amount of damage. Freeze/thaw cycles are common in cold areas in the winter, and can make it much more challenging to remove ice later on as well as can freeze drainage pipes.
It’s imperative that you take note of where snow and ice form on your commercial roof, and keep an eye on it. As soon as you see it accumulating, make sure to get it removed in order to avoid further problems. For support in figuring out which parts of your roof may be affected more than others, ask your commercial roofing service.
When looking for a commercial roofing company in MN, you want to make sure that you have the best on hand. Allweather Roof is there to help you prepare for the winter and minimize weather damage as much as possible. Allweather roof offers roof inspections, roof repairs and more so you have peace of mind in the winter and know your building’s tenants are safe and sound.