Commercial Roof Questions to Consider in the Winter
Your commercial roof is tasked with keeping your building watertight throughout the year. And winter may provide the toughest challenge of all. Fall and spring are the optimal times to inspect your roof, to make sure it’s prepared for the coming winter, and to make sure it has survived the past winter. But it’s also a good idea to make a trip to the top during the winter, to make sure things are holding tight. Here are some questions to ask.
- Does the drainage system allow free water flow? There are likely multiple drainage points on your roof, whether around the perimeter or on the roof surface. These should obviously be cleared of debris so that melted snow has a place to go. Backed up – “ponded” – water that repeatedly freezes and thaws can lead to problems.
- A related question: are icicles hanging from your gutters? This is usually a sign that water isn’t flowing properly. Icicles add weight to gutters and downspouts and can cause them to break – an obvious safety hazard. Remove icicles to help foster water flow and avoid costly repairs and potential litigation.
- Has thermal expansion and contraction compromised your roof’s watertight integrity? Fluctuating temperatures can cause stresses on many components of your roof system. Membrane seams can separate, edge details can detach from the perimeter, and flashings (metal and/or membrane details that provide a transition between changes in rooftop angles) can loosen and develop gaps. These issues and others can enable leaks, which potentially damage your building’s interior and reduce the effectiveness of insulation, leading to higher heating bills.
- Is your roof in need of immediate replacement? You might not be able to wait until spring, depending on its age and condition. It’s important to note that many commercial roofing systems can be installed during the winter; if you choose to go this route, make sure you select a roofing contractor who is experienced in cold-weather roofing. Ask for references.
Tusing Builders & Roofing Services is ready to help you with any commercial roofing need you have, no matter the season. Reach out to us, we would welcome the opportunity to serve you!