Every season presents its own challenges for your commercial roofing system. It needs to handle intense summertime heat, spring storms, and falling autumn leaves that can clog drainage systems. Now that winter is upon us, here are a few important wintertime “dos and don’ts” to keep in mind:
Don’t go into hibernation when it comes to checking the condition of your roof. Any residual or unseen problems that have carried over from fall can worsen during winter’s harsh weather. Small cracks or holes can grow into larger ones that let water in, which is bad enough. But freeze-and-thaw cycles put added stresses on roofing components. Do get on your roof (safely) and check for membrane punctures, gaps in seams, missing or separated metal components, and any other issues that might compromise your roof’s ability to remain watertight.
Don’t neglect your drainage system: drains, gutters downspouts, and scuppers. Obviously, rooftop snow can melt when temperatures fluctuate, and that water needs to go somewhere. Do make sure that nothing is blocking these critical drainage points: leaves, branches, other debris or accumulated snow.
Don’t put off installing a new roof just because it’s winter. Most commercial roofing systems can be installed year-round. Replacing an old roof with a new installation in the winter could be a better option than hoping your current system makes it through the next season of springtime storms. Do make sure that the commercial roofing contractor you’ve considering is qualified and experienced to handle winter installations, as the cold weather can create unique challenges. For example, some single-ply systems have a wider welding-temperature window than others and can be seamed effectively on the rooftop, even in very cold conditions.
Don’t think that being on the roof in the winter is the same as during other times of the year. Some systems – PVC and TPO in particular – can be extremely slippery when covered with frost or snow. Do practice good safety habits while on the rooftop by being in regular communication with others on your team and being extra cautious near the perimeter. Consider using detachable shoe/boot grips. Some brands help prevent slipping without damaging the roof surface.
One final “do”: If you need commercial roofing services, do give the professionals at All Weather Systems, Inc. a call. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your maintenance or installation needs with you. Reach out at 740-323-3174.