Wintertime Preparedness is Key!

smoke-91934_1920One of the greatest challenges in owning a building is keeping up with routine maintenance. Factor in Midwestern winters that are intensely cold and snowy and it’s the perfect storm for some major roofing headaches.

Below freezing temperatures for weeks on end, snow, and ice build-up can cause considerable damage to your commercial properties’ roof. January is here, and we’re already in the thick of the cold, but winter has actually just begun. It’s never too late to give your roof a thorough inspection so as to avoid minor issues becoming major problems.

Having a large-scale EPDM roofing problem repaired during the winter months can be incredibly inconvenient and costly. Preparedness is key; there’s no better investment than routine maintenance. Make these preparations before layers of snow and ice blanket the roof for months to come.

Check your drainage system – Remove debris from your downspouts. Having clear roof drains will allow moving water to stay off of your roof, which will reduce the possibility of damage occurring from the harsh winter conditions.

Inspect your roof – Check the seals for any cracking. Check your roof for any damaged or loose roofing materials.  Whether your business has EPDM roofing, tiles, or shingles, you should have your inspection performed by a highly-rated roofing company with the experience needed to spot issues before they escalate, which can lead to mold, mildew and water damage.

Check for ice dams – Have you noticed icicles hanging from your gutters?  This is usually a sign of ice dams.  Ice dams can cause serious damage to your downspouts.  Remove ice dams right away to avoid future costly repairs.

Remove excess snow – Experts say that more than a foot of packed snow can cause damage to your roof and increase the risk of it collapsing.  Contact a professional to remove excessive amounts of snow from your roof.

Failure to properly prepare your roof for winter’s onslaught is likely to result in major damage, including holes and leaks. Be sure to follow our preparedness tips to ensure that your roof is capable of standing up to the worst winter has to offer.