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!