You might think you can or should take a break from commercial roof maintenance when the weather cools off, but that is not true. On the contrary, you should not allow your maintenance to go into a deep winter hibernation even as the outdoor temperatures cool. Here are some key aspects of commercial roof maintenance to keep up with all throughout the colder-weather months.
Spot Checks and Inspections
Keep an eye on the roof throughout the year, including the winter, and look for signs that maintenance and repairs are needed. At the first sign of potential problems, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call your roof maintenance company. Winter weather can make small problems worse if water penetrates your roof membrane and freezes and thaws repeatedly. Just a reminder: Royalty offers rooftop management and maintenance programs for commercial facilities.
Routine Maintenance During Cold Weather
Ideally, you’d be able to do all your roof maintenance during the spring and summer. But there needs to be ongoing activity during the fall and winter as well. Fall and winter storms can drop debris from nearby trees and clog drainage systems. When water accumulates in gutters and drains, it can freeze and cause serious problems. Keep them clear and flowing! If your building has shingles, ice dams can form and lead to leaks and other issues, so keep snow and ice cleared from your roof edges. This will also make things safer for people moving around the outside of your facility.
Change in Material Because of Weather
Roof materials can change dimensions based on what the weather is doing. During the fall when there’s alternating cold and warm weather, materials expand and contract. That can lead to problems, like cracks in roofing materials and stress on the seams. The older the roof, the more likely it is that issues can occur and if you notice problems, it may be time for a new roof. Many commercial roofing systems can be installed year-round, so if you’re noticing problems, don’t wait until spring to consider a replacement.
Remember that taking care of a commercial roof is a year-round endeavor. Do not slack off just because the outdoor weather is looking and feeling more wintry. Keep your maintenance routine going strong all year, rather than sending it into hibernation for the winter.