Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

5 Effective Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

One of the most significant challenges in owning a building is keeping up with routine maintenance.  Maintenance is ongoing, whether it’s having your fire suppression system inspected or changing the air filters on your HVAC unit(s).  There is nothing worse than walking into the office to water damage from a leaking roof. Preventative maintenance is key to your building’s upkeep and longevity.  Winter is here and this might be the most critical time of year for routine maintenance.  Here are 5 winter roof maintenance tips to prevent leaks and damage from occurring.

  1. Check your drainage system prior to snowfall.

    Remove debris from your downspouts. Having clear roof drains will allow moving water to stay off your roof, which will reduce the possibility of damage occurring from the harsh winter conditions.

  2. Inspect your roof. 

    Check the seals for any cracking. Check your roof for any damaged or loose roofing materials.  Have these repaired immediately by a professional to avoid leaking roofs, creating mold, mildew and water damage.

  3. Service your HVAC rooftop units. 

    Having your rooftop unit serviced annually may prevent it from breaking down during the cold-chilly days of winter. Check the seals of your rooftop unit to prevent leaks.

  4. Check for ice dams.

    Have you noticed icicles hanging from your gutters?  This is usually a sign of ice dams.  Ice dams can cause severe damage to your downspouts.  Remove ice dams right away to avoid future costly repairs.

  5. Remove excess snow. 

    Experts say that more than a foot of packed snow can cause damage to your roof and increase the risk of it collapsing.  Contact a professional to remove excessive amounts of snow from your roof.

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