How & Why to Winterize Your Commercial Roof This Summer

Posted on: 15 June 2022


While it may not be winter just yet, the steps you take today to prepare for the winter months are going to be extremely helpful. In fact, summer is the perfect time to winterize your commercial roof. Winterizing your roof provides a major benefit for your business in that you don't have to worry about leaks or pests as the weather cools down.

Additionally, winterizing your roof also helps it stay in great shape. A winterized roof is a great investment for your commercial building.

Get a Roof Inspection

The best way to start preparing your roof for winter is to get a roof inspection. It's important to have a professional check for any damage that may have occurred over the course of the year. This will help you determine what, if any, repairs need to be made before winter weather hits.

Inspections are also important when it's summer so that you can remedy any issues before the poor weather begins. You don't have to deal with a leak while it's pouring rain, for instance.

Take Care of Every Necessary Repair

After you get your roof inspection, any necessary repairs should be made as soon as possible. It's important to have a professional do the work that needs to be done in order to avoid further damage. You do not want to have to close down your business to handle these repairs when winter comes and they may take longer to complete.

Cut Risky Tree Limbs

Trees are a common cause of damage to commercial roofs. If there are any trees near your building, it's important to have the branches trimmed back so that they don't fall on your roof and cause damage during a winter storm. Summertime offers the best opportunity to check for trees when the weather is dry.

Examine Roof Flashing for Leaks

The flashing is the material that is used to seal the joints between your roof and any chimneys or vents. Over time, this material can become worn down and cause leaks. As a result, it's important to examine the flashing around these areas for any damage before wet weather begins. Again, keeping your business open is very important.

Clean Roof Gutters (and Replace as Necessary)

Not all businesses have roof gutters, but many do. If you are not sure what kind of gutters your business has, it's time to check them out and see if you need a contractor to replace them. Since your gutters have not been used recently, it's a good time to clear them out and make sure they divert water away from places customers and employees will walk.

Check With a Commercial Roof Professional

Do you think you have done everything possible to winterize your business? Make a summertime appointment with a commercial roof contractor to complete these steps and ensure that your building is ready for anything the weather throws its way.