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Winter Roofing Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties

Feb 29, 2024
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As winter progresses, roofs are subjected to increased challenges, especially in climates like Texas. This is due to fluctuations in temperature and occasional freezing rain.

As winter progresses, roofs are subjected to increased challenges, especially in climates like Texas. This is due to fluctuations in temperature and occasional freezing rain.

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As winter progresses, roofs are subjected to increased challenges, especially in climates like Texas. This is due to fluctuations in temperature and occasional freezing rain. Commercial building owners need to pay special attention to the maintenance of their roofs to extend their lifespan. 

Here's a comprehensive checklist for owners to ensure their commercial roofs are winter-ready.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

Begin your winter roof maintenance routine with a thorough inspection by a licensed roofing contractor. They will identify any current issues and provide valuable suggestions for repairs or preventative measures.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters are important for safeguarding your roof and siding from rainwater damage. Ensure that gutters and downspouts are free from debris, leaves, and accumulated dirt. Clogged drainage systems can cause water backups that increase the risk of leaks and water damage.

Inspect the Roof Membrane and Seals

Check the integrity of the roof membrane and seals. Look for signs of wear, cracks, or damage. Any vulnerabilities in these areas can compromise the roof's ability to withstand winter weather.

Address Ponding Water Issues

Flat commercial roofs may experience ponding water, especially after heavy rainfall. It is important to address any areas where water accumulates, as prolonged ponding can weaken the roof structure.

Trim Overhanging Branches

If there are trees close to the commercial property, trim overhanging branches. This will prevent falling branches or debris from causing damage to the roof during winter storms.

Check for Wind Damage

Texas occasionally experiences strong winds during the winter. Inspect the roof for any signs of wind damage, such as loose or missing shingles, and address these issues promptly.

Assess Insulation and Ventilation

Adequate insulation and ventilation are crucial for maintaining a stable temperature in the building and preventing issues like ice dams. Ensure that insulation is intact and ventilation systems are functioning optimally.

Test Any Heating Elements

If your commercial property has heating elements like roof cables or heating strips to prevent ice dams, test them before winter begins to ensure they work properly.

Examine Flashings and Roof Edges

Inspect flashings around vents, skylights, and other roof penetrations. Flashings are metal strips installed to prevent water from seeping through the gaps between the roof and the object penetrating it. Over time, flashings can get loose or damaged, allowing water to enter the roof cavity and causing leaks and other water-related problems. Additionally, examine the edges of the roof to ensure that the flashing is secure and sealed, preventing water intrusion. A small issue with flashing can quickly escalate into a significant problem if left unattended.

Snow Removal

Even a seemingly small amount of snow can significantly threaten your roof. When one foot of snow accumulates, the pressure on the roof increases, posing a risk of damage or collapse. To address this issue, building owners must promptly engage professional services for snow removal. Attempting to clear snow from the roof independently is hazardous and requires specialized expertise to ensure safety.

Prepare your commercial property for the winter season with Roof Squad Texas! Our expert team offers top-notch roofing maintenance services to ensure your business is protected from the challenges of winter weather. Contact us today for reliable and professional commercial roofing solutions!

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