Performing preventative maintenance on your commercial roof can help it last for a long, long time. During the winter, weather dictates that there are more maintenance tasks than those that exist during warmer months. Here’s what you can do to protect your roof this winter.
Clean Your Gutters
If your gutters and/or downspouts aren’t clear, water from winter storms can collect on your roof. This raises your risk of sustaining roof damage this winter. Check particularly for leaves or mud, as these are the most common culprits when it comes to gutter clogs. Test each downspout with a bucket of water to make sure it’s open and ready for winter.
Look for Damage
Regularly check your roof for damage or call us at Watershed and we’ll check it for you. Look for cracks, loose roofing material, and visible damage. These problems should be repaired by professionals to best protect your roof.
Service Roof-Top HVAC Units
Roof-top HVAC units are convenient but they can also suffer damage from winter storms. Make sure they are adequately protected and check on them regularly. In addition, get them serviced at least once a year. This will help ensure their full functionality all season long.
Beware of Ice
Ice on your roof can freeze in your gutters and downspouts, causing ice dams to form. These clog your roof drainage system as well as any leaves or dirt could! Check for them regularly and break them up whenever you find them. Take care not to damage your drainage system in the process!
Get Rid of Snow
Snow weighs a lot more than most people think it does! Even a foot of snow on your roof can increase your risk of collapse. It might sound silly to send someone up to shovel the roof but it can mean the difference between a normal day and a catastrophe. Snow buildup is most dangerous on flat roofs though it can cause problems for sloped ones, too!
Watershed Can Help
Contact us at Watershed Roofing & Restoration whenever you need help with winter roof maintenance. We’ll answer your questions or send someone out to work on your roof to make sure it’s safe and sound. Our commercial roofing professionals can help you protect yourself and your business from a roofing disaster. Call us today and meet with your roof pro soon!
If you can safely get onto the roof of your building, there are a few steps you can take to see if the rooftop is ready for the winter months. A quick DIY roofing inspection will tell you if you should seek the services of a professional roofer before the weather gets too cold. Winter is not the most ideal time to needs roofing work done, so checking on everything now is in your best interest.
1. Look for any repairs needed.
It is best to have any work required done before something goes wrong during the winter season. Inspect the components of your rooftop to see if anything appears old or damaged and needs to be addressed: the flashing, gutters, downspouts, scuppers and scupper boxes.
2. Check for drainage issues.
If water is pooling anywhere on the roof, that is an indicator of a problem with how it is draining. Have an expert inspect this to avoid major issues with water damage later on. Keep an eye on the ceiling for leaks.
3. Clear away any foliage.
Fall means the trees are shedding their leaves and branches, which often end up piling up on rooftops. Remove any foliage that has fallen on the roof so it can’t clog up gutters or drainage systems.
4. Remove trash and other debris.
High winds can blow all sorts of things onto your roof. If there is anything up there that shouldn’t be, make sure to get it and throw it away. Any large-scale issues that involve a safety or electrical concern can be taken care of by a professional roofer.
5. Hire a roofer to take a look.
A professional roofing contractor can easily tell if you need any work done on your rooftop. We offer inspections and preventative maintenances services to help property owners make sure their roof is in good condition to protect their building.
Doing these minor roofing inspection tasks can save you from major issues at very inopportune times. Remembering to examine your roof’s condition prior to the coldest months of the year can prevent you from needing emergency repairs during a blizzard or dealing with a roofing issue amidst freezing temperatures. If anything appears to be wrong, you can have a professional roofing contractor take a look and take care of any repairs before the cold weather comes. By making sure your building’s rooftop is prepared to withstand the winter weather, you can have peace of mind that you are being a responsible property owner.