Winter is approaching, and as a commercial property owner or manager, this is the perfect time to assess your roofing material. You should know that failure to do so, any weakness that developed in the summer could worsen significantly in the winter and become why your roof falls apart or needs a replacement. However, you can prevent the damage from happening by winterizing it ahead of time. Here are some tips and guidelines you will find very useful.
Check the Roof's History
The first thing you should be thinking about is the building's history. If you have heard the same material for more than a decade, the cumulative damage it might have incurred from exposure to the elements could be more than what you can repair. Hence, having a comprehensive history is one of the best sources of information on the maintenance changes to make. Also, when you hire a roofing contractor, they are likely to ask about the most recent changes you have made to it. Note that the type of maintenance and restoration they will recommend for a newer roof differs from what they would recommend for older ones.
Invest in the Right Maintenance and Repairs
The second step in winterizing should be maintenance practices that prevent winter damage. For example, preventing ice dams requires a lot of preparation. As such, the roofing contractor will check the pitch and ensure that it hasn't deteriorated throughout the year. They will also inspect the gutters and remove accumulated debris for proper water flow. Note that although these changes might seem minor, they lessen the chances of melting snow accumulating on the surface and eventually causing a leak.
Evaluate the Environment Around the Roof
Consider evaluating the environment around you. For example, exposure to UV rays speeds up the rate of roof deterioration. As such, the best way to prevent this is to apply a coat of sealant on the surface. On the other hand, tall trees around the building increase the chances of snow accumulation and damage from broken and falling branches. So, eliminate this damage by letting professionals trim the trees.
Winterizing the Internal Components
Supporting systems like the roof deck and the frame also need a checkup before the cold season. In this case, a contractor can tell you if there is rusting, rotting, or any other damage inside the roof's structure. More so, timely repairs ensure it won't buckle under the weight of the snow.
Consult a roof maintenance contractor to help winterize your roof and keep it in the best shape throughout the season. Ultimately, the simple repairs will save you a lot of money in the long run.
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