The structural integrity of your commercial building can have a direct impact on your company's profitability. A building with a roof that is in good condition will not leak. This protects your inventory and assets against costly water damage. A quality roof can also reduce your heating and cooling costs by successfully preventing heat transfer.
It can be easy to overlook basic roof maintenance during the cold winter months, but these are often the months when your roof can sustain the most damage. Winter roof inspections will help you ensure the quality and stability of your commercial space in the future.
Gutter and Downspout Damage
Efficient drainage is one of the most important elements in keeping a commercial roof functioning properly. Since many commercial buildings have a flat roof, drainage can quickly become an issue. Gutters and downspouts are designed to help funnel water safely away from the surface of your commercial roof.
Icicles and ice dams can form during the cold winter months and wreak havoc on the function of your gutters and downspouts. A winter roof inspection allows your contractor to identify sections of your roof's drainage system that need to be replaced before the spring thaw floods your roof with excess water.
Blocked Roof Vents
Your commercial roof is equipped with a number of vents that contribute to the performance of important systems inside the building. Plumbing and HVAC systems are often vented through the roof. During the winter months, snow and ice can begin to block these important vents.
A commercial roof inspection includes the evaluation of all vents found on your roof. A contractor can remove ice, dirt, and debris from any blocked vents to avoid having these blockages cause catastrophic system failures in the future.
Outdoor temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit during winter. These changing temperatures cause commercial roofing materials to expand and contract. Expansion and contraction can produce cracks in your roofing materials.
Cracked roofing materials can allow water to seep into your building, damaging insulation and contributing to the growth of mold and mildew. A winter inspection for your roof can identify evidence of thermal stress, and repairs can be made before cracked roofing materials negatively impact the structural stability of your commercial space.
When it comes to dealing with commercial roofing, it's better to be proactive instead of reactive. Winter inspections let you keep your roofing system functioning efficiently throughout the year. Schedule your commercial roof inspections today.