With winter on its way out, it’s time to make a plan for prepping your commercial roof for spring. Here are some common questions building owners and property managers have about their roof’s seasonal changes.
Q: What winter damage should I look out for on my roof?
A: Snow and ice can damage your commercial roof in several different ways. Ice can block a roof’s drainage systems causing water to dam creating leaks when it thaws. As the weather warms, commercial building owners should be on the lookout for signs of moisture. They should also have their building inspected to see if the roof sustained any damage over the winter months.
With extreme weather conditions, buildings expand and contract naturally. This movement can cause leaks, especially around penetrations, flashing laps, etc.
Q: What challenges could the spring season bring for my roof?
A: With the end of winter comes spring rain showers that can expose winter damage. Debris from nearby trees or winter storms can clog drains and gutters or damage the roof membrane, causing leaks. A lot of rain in a short period of time can also cause moisture to build up on the roof.
Q: What can I do to make sure my roof is in good condition this season?
A: Building owners or facility managers should walk their roofs regularly between periods of inclement weather. Keeping the roof clear of debris can help prevent water from pooling on the roof. Take note of any leaks or strange smells inside the building.
If properly maintained, commercial roofs are designed to handle the natural wear and tear of seasonal changes. We recommend seasonal roof inspections and proactive management to identify small problems and make any repairs before they become large issues.
Q: What professional help do I need to prepare my roof for spring?
A: It’s best to get a professional roof inspection several times a year. The changing of the seasons is a great time to schedule these inspections. A professional commercial roofer can find damage on your roof that may otherwise be undetectable by special equipment like infrared cameras and even drones. A commercial roofing company will also be able to advise you about any repairs or maintenance your roof may need. The inspection report may also warn you about potential hazards that may pose a threat to your roof during springtime storms.
If you’re ready to prepare your roof for spring weather, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today. Our team is on hand to help with all of your commercial roofing needs.