January tends to be the coldest month in Indiana – average temperatures range from 15 to 41 degrees across the state.
Before the chill rolls in, though, you should take a few steps to prepare your property for the season ahead. You might think about your home, but your commercial buildings need winterization, too.
For now, let’s focus on commercial roofs and how you can prepare them for winter. Here’s what to do ahead of the cold weather ahead.
1. Have an Inspection
Much of your commercial roof repair for winter should start long before the season starts.
Firstly, you should have your roofing inspected to make sure there aren’t any cracks or divots that you can’t see from the ground. You might think, what’s a little crack going to do to a sprawling roof?
Well, as it turns out, a little bit of water can get into those cracks and freeze — we are talking about Indiana roofs and a Hoosier State winter, after all. Once the water freezes, it expands, creating larger cracks. Then, when the snow starts to melt, it might drip through the roof and into your commercial property.
But if you have a roof inspection ahead of the season, a pro can pinpoint these problems and fix them before a little crevice becomes giant problem — and a big expense for you down the line.
2. Clear the Way For Snow Melt
Just before winter, all of the leaves will fall off of the trees surrounding your commercial building. Where will they land? A good number of them will land on your commercial roofing, of course.
If you leave these leaves, they might blow away or wash down your rainspouts. But, if you end up with a huge pile of them on top of your building, they could clog your drainage system. As you’ve probably guessed, this can spell disaster for your roof, too.
So, before wintry weather drops snow and ice onto your roof, make sure there’s no debris in the way. Depending on the size of your commercial property, you could do this job yourself. Or, you might want to hire a professional to clear off the roof and empty out the gutters.
Once your roof is clean and clear, you don’t have to worry about snow accumulating and having nowhere to go when it starts to melt. Standing water can be the perfect breeding ground for mold, which you don’t want in your building. But if you remove the debris, it’ll wash away down the drain pipes as designed — and you won’t have to pay for any roof repairs post-snow.
3. Trim the Trees
On that note, you might want to help your roof’s drainage system a bit more by removing any trees and branches that grow too close to your building.
This advice stands, regardless of the type of roof your building has, too. You don’t want trees hanging over your building in the fall because they’ll just dump more leaves and branches, as we said before. But you don’t really want branches hovering over your commercial property in winter, either.
What happens to a branch when it’s covered in too much snow for it to hold? It’ll break. And, if that branch hangs over your commercial building, it could crack and plunge through the roof you’re trying so hard to protect.
So, at the very least, trim the trees around your property and remove any branches that are stretching a bit too close to the roof. That way, you can rest easy — heavy snowfall won’t thwart your plans to protect your commercial property.
4. Plan For Snow Removal, If Necessary
You never know what’s going to happen during winter in Indiana. Your roof might end up holding heavy snowfall — a responsibility that can cause serious strain.
What will you do to take the weight off of your roof? If you don’t have a plan in place, then your property isn’t well-protected going into the winter season.
On top of that, snowfall sitting overhead can be dangerous to those going in and out of your commercial property. Your renters — or perhaps your employees — might not feel comfortable going into work when snow piles and ice might fall on their heads.
So, figure out how you can get the snow down from the roof of your building. In most cases, you won’t have the tools or skill to do it yourself. That’s why you should find a roofing professional who can come out and clear your roof when needed.
You probably have a similar plan in place for your parking lot already. Prepare for snowfall on your roof, too, to protect your property investment and everyone who goes there to work.
Protect Commercial Roofs This Winter and Beyond
You do so much to protect your property investments, so you should ignore your commercial roofs this winter.
Instead, follow these four steps to keep your properties as strong as possible in the face of plunging temperatures and heavy snowfall — the hallmarks of winter in Indiana.
And, when the season ends, you may find it’s time to replace your roof with something a bit more stable ahead of next year’s winter. In that case, we can help you out — commercial roofing is just one of our specialties at Reflective Coatings, LLC.
Contact us today if you want to learn more about your options for commercial roofs.