The cold temperatures of winter bring a lot of conditions that can affect your roof. All it takes is a single bad storm to cause major damage, which can be costly to repair. That's why you need to prepare your commercial roof and make sure it's protected from upcoming winter weather conditions. Here are some tips for what you should be doing to prevent damage during the winter season.
You should take a look at the surface of the roof for cracks, both large and small. That is because the cracks in the surface can be a place where water gets in, freezes, and then expands. This causes the smallest cracks to become large cracks, which allows water to get in and reach your roof deck. Moisture will potentially get inside your business, and at that point you'll need to have major repairs done. You can apply a sealant to small cracks that will prevent any moisture from getting inside the crack, which prevents them from getting any bigger.
Replace Damaged Shingles
You may have only a few shingles that are in need of replacement. You don't need to get a whole new roof installed for a couple problematic shingles in certain parts of the roof. You can actually replace the individual shingles that are damaged, brittle, cracking beyond repair, curling upward, or missing granules. These are all signs that shingles are on their last legs and in need of replacement.
Repair Rain Gutter
While you may not be getting a lot of rain in the winter, you'll certainly be getting a lot of snow that melts into water. That is why you need to make sure your gutters are in working condition. If you have gutters that are not at the proper incline, melted snow may collect in the gutters and form into a large chunk of ice. This can be enough to weigh down the gutters and cause damage. If you have gutters that are already loose, the weight of wet snow may be enough to break the gutters as well. Going around your roof and ensuring that all gutters are working properly will prevent this damage from happening when the snow starts coming down.
If you are not sure what kind of damage you should be looking for, reach out to a roofing contractor that performs commercial roof inspections. They can also perform the necessary repairs.