Winter is almost here, and if you haven't already, you need to prepare your commercial roof for freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and harsher climate conditions.
Maintaining your roof plays a critical role in protecting your building, its occupants, and its future. The last thing you need is heavy snow compromising its integrity or large ice dam formations creating a safety hazard.
In this article, we'll provide tips on how to prepare your roof for winter, and discuss the types of winter roofing services we can help you with during the upcoming season.
Why Is Winter Roofing Maintenance So Important?
Glad you asked! Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roof, causing damage that can be expensive to repair.
Four of the most common winter roofing issues we see each year include:
- Ice Dams: When snow accumulates on your roof, it can melt and refreeze, creating ice dams. These ice dams can prevent water from draining properly, leading to leaks, water damage, and even structural damage to your property—not to mention safety issues for customers and employees.
- Condensation: In colder temperatures, warm air inside your building can create condensation on the roof, leading to mold and mildew. Again, this not only makes your roof vulnerable, but it also puts your team at risk.
- Snow Load: Heavy snow can put a lot of weight on your roof, leading to structural damage and potential collapse. Sure, snow looks pretty at first, but failing to remove snow from your flat roof can be dangerous.
- Wind Damage: In the Midwest, we know a thing or two about high winds, but winter storms can damage or dislodge roofing materials, leaving your building vulnerable to leaks and other issues.
Preparing Your Roof for Winter
To prevent these issues from developing, roofing maintenance is required! Let's explore a few essential tasks that need to be performed by you or a roofing expert.
Inspect Your Roof
Before winter weather officially sets in, inspect your roof for any signs of damage or potential issues. Look for cracks, leaks, or any areas where water could pool.
Need a professional inspection? We've got you covered every season!
Repair the Damage
Be sure to address any roofing issues early on. Remember, the longer you wait, the more severe they become.
Clean Your Gutters
Clear out debris from your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Doing so will help prevent ice dams from forming.
Check Your Insulation
Ensure your roof is properly insulated to prevent condensation from forming.
Trim Your Trees
Trim any overhanging branches that could damage your roof during a winter storm or make it easier for critters to find a cozy home on your roof to hibernate.
Types of Winter Roofing Services
During the off-season…well, in truth, there is no "off-season" when it comes to your roof…there are several roofing services you may require. These typically include:
Our team will travel to your location (or locations) to inspect your roof for any signs of damage or potential issues. We'll also make recommendations for repairs and maintenance.
If your roof has any damage, such as cracks or leaks, our roofers can make all the necessary repairs on any commercial roofing material, from PVO and TPO to BUR and metal roofing.
Our team can provide regular maintenance services, such as gutter cleaning, snow removal, and sealing, to help prevent issues like ice dams from forming.
Ice Dam Removal
Already seeing ice dams on your building? We offer professional removal services that are safe, effective, and affordable.
What Temperature Is Too Cold To Put On a Roof?
Most roofing professionals recommend avoiding installation work in temperatures below freezing (32°F or 0°C), as this can cause some roofing materials to become brittle and crack, which can compromise the integrity of the roof.
Additionally, extreme wind chill exposure will factor into whether or not a roofing crew is able to work on your roof, due to increased risk of cold stress.
Simply put, it's best to consult with your local roofing company to determine the best time and conditions for commercial roofing installation.
All Elements, Inc. Has You Covered Every Season
If you're feeling the winter roofing blues, our team is always here to help. With professional winter roofing services, we can ensure your roof stays strong and your building stays dry and comfortable—all season.
For repairs, inspection, or regular maintenance, contact us today to ensure your roof is ready for another Minnesota winter.