It’s that time of year when the weather starts to get a little bit cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and you know that it’s not too long before winter will be here. Now is the time to make sure your roof is prepared for the cooler months of the year. We put together a short list of maintenance tips to help ensure your roof is ready before winter arrives.
1: Get an Inspection
Many facility managers mistakenly believe that if they don’t see any obvious problems with their roofing, they don’t need to get it inspected. The problem is that most commercial roofs are out of sight and can easily be overlooked when thinking about general maintenance. The hot summer months can be tough on a roof, especially across the southern half of the U.S. and your roof needs to be evaluated before winter arrives. Only an experienced roofer will be able to identify any possible damages or potential problems that could be escalated by cold weather, ice and snow. A professional roofer can also help you understand what needs to be done to prevent them from becoming a serious problem.
2: Make Roof Repairs
If a roofing contractor does find any damages, it’s important to get them repaired immediately. If you wait too long to make roof repairs, winter will have already arrived, and you will have to wait until spring. Meanwhile, the snow, water, ice, and wind are probably doing more damage to your roof that could have been prevented had you decided to fix it sooner.
3: Clean Gutters and Remove Debris
When the seasons change, the leaves change to beautiful oranges, yellows, and reds before falling off the trees. However, falling leaves and pine needles don’t just fall on the ground, many of them will end up on your roof, clogging the gutters and drains. Overtime, if not removed, those leaves will create problems as precipitation falls and water can’t drain properly. Colder temperatures with debris-filled gutters also put your property at risk for ice dams, which can severely damage your roof or even lead to a roof collapse.
Cold weather can also spell trouble for trees that overhang your roof. If you don’t take the time to trim back these branches, high winds, ice, and snow can cause branches to break. Worst case, they put a big hole in your roof, but even if that doesn’t happen, they could still do damage to your roof.
Getting roof repairs sooner than later means you can enjoy the winter months knowing that your roof is protecting your building, employees, and assets, even in the harshest winter weather.
If you’re interested in having your roof inspected, please fill out the form below and a RoofConnect associate will contact you to schedule your inspection!