Winter best practices for your commercial roof: “These are a few of our favorite things…”

As we prepare for the holidays and embark on the snowy and icy conditions that winter brings for many of us, let’s review some cold weather roof maintenance best practices… by framing them up in familiar holiday song lyrics.

You can do the job when you’re in town … How do you ensure a successful roofing job? Select a commercial roofing contractor who you can trust; who puts safety first; and who’s available and responsive to your timely needs. Identify a quality, reliable roofer ahead of time to call in emergency situations so you’re not left scrambling when you’re in a pinch.

Do you see what I see … Roof cracks and other penetrations can be vulnerable to water from snow and ice, which can lead to wet insulation, rotting roof decks, structural damage to walls and ceilings inside the building, mold growth, insects, and more. Self-inspections are a good first start so you can schedule your roofing partner to address any small issues before they become a major problem.

The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow … A professional inspection can ensure your roof is ready for the harsh conditions of winter. It’s always best to schedule these inspections in the fall and spring each year – or before and after winter where your roof is most likely to experience its toughest wear.

From now on our troubles will be out of sight … When snow and ice is covering the roof, it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of a leak. Therefore, you should look from within at the ceilings and walls for signs of leaks or other damage. When a roof leak occurs, you need to act fast – and address it promptly before too much damage sets in.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … Accessing your roof during cold winter months for inspections or utility work can be dangerous, particularly early mornings and after dark. Ensure that anyone who has to be on your roof knows the safest paths around weak spots or skylights, and exercises all caution when performing work.

And so I’m offering this simple phrase … Happy Holidays from Simon Roofing. Let our trained technicians, 24/7 availability and national service network provide you and your building peace of mind throughout the holidays…as well as any other time of year.