How To Prepare A Commercial Roof For Winter Weather?

If you own a commercial building, do not invite any disturbing nightmares.Commercial roofs have features that cannot be found on the rooftop of a private residence. For that reason, a building owner needs to learn how to prepare the building’s roof for the coming winter weather.

First steps in the preparation process

With the help of a professional roofer, study the roof, and look for signs of deterioration. Pay particular attention to the roof’s flashings. Those are the components the secure the roofing to the building’s walls. Broken flashings must be fixed.

If the roofing were to lack a secure tie to the building’s walls, then it could become lose, following exposure to strong winds. Exposure of the underlying structure to the elements would endanger the materials that had been used to create that same structure. Obviously, a threat to those materials would be a threat to all those working under the roofing that had been affected by the broken flashings.

Also take a good look at the drainage system. Clean out any leaves of other elements of nature that might have fallen into that system. Winter could mean the arrival of lots of precipitation. Your preparatory approach needs to reduce the chances for the pooling of water on the roof’s surface.

What about the HVAC equipment on the roof? What steps should be taken to prepare that same equipment?

With the help of a technician, inspect the machines that have allowed the building to be heated in the winter, and cooled during the summer months. If something is not working properly, get it fixed.

Pay special attention to the air filter, the air ducts and the vents. Replace the air filter. Clean the ducts and conduct a thorough inspection of the vents. Those must be ready to perform effectively, as the temperatures drop, and the workers in the building expect to benefit from the introduction of some warming air.

What good preparations should avoid

Roofing Contractor in San Jose knows that proper attention to the drains and gutters should work to avoid the development of any leaks. If water were to pool on the roofing, it could encourage the formation of such leaks. Obviously, no building owner wants to learn that the building’s occupants have had to put buckets in spots on the floor, in order to catch the dripping water.

Proper attention to the parts of the HVAC system should work to keep that system in good condition. By remaining in that condition, it should be able to function effectively. If it were to malfunction, then the building’s owner might learn that those that were working under the poorly-prepared rooftop had been forced to don coats and heavy sweaters, while attending to various tasks.

Mariano Renteria

Author Mariano Renteria

Mariano is more than just the owner of Falcon Roofing—he’s the heart of our company. His commitment to our customers, employees, and community sets the tone for everything we do. He is a night owl who enjoys ocean fishing, spending time with his family, and the occasional slice of apple pie. He organizes yearly trips for all their workers, emphasizing the importance of team building and camaraderie.

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