You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Summer is not the only season of the year that you need to give thought to your commercial roof. Winter comes quicker than you can imagine, and you need to ensure that your property is ready for those colder temperatures. As you prep your property for the winter season, you may forget all about your roof. Your commercial roof tends to take quite the beating between the excruciating temperatures of the summer and the mounds of snow that winter brings. So, it is imperative that your roof is in prime condition as winter arrives. Here are a few things you should do to ensure that your roof is ready.
Get an Inspection
Prior to winterizing your commercial roof, you need to look for any signs of possible damage. While you can conduct your own inspection from ground level, you may not be able to detect any or all damage that may have occurred. Ultimately, you will have far better results by hiring a professional commercial roofing contractor who can get on top of the roof and perform a thorough inspection. An in-depth inspection like this will uncover weak spots and other types of damage that a visual inspection from the ground cannot detect.
Check the Gutters
Many people only perform a full cleaning of their gutters during the fall. However, it is just as important to check the gutters at the beginning of winter. Without sufficient maintenance, your gutters will be unable to properly drain any snow that melts as a result of ice blockages. This can lead to a host of issues to the exterior and interior of the home. When gutters become blocked, the excess rain or melted snow runoff is unable to properly drain. If this is left unchecked and repaired, it may end up seeping through your home's walls.
Inspect the Caulking
Caulk is a special type of sealant that helps in the prevention of leaks. However, caulking will not last a lifetime. Eventually, it will wear out and require replacement. If you notice that your caulking is wrinkled, crumbled, or missing altogether, then it is important to replace it immediately. At the same time, you should inspect the metal flashings on your roof. If these are loose, damaged, or missing, they should be replaced as well.
Look for Pest Damage
Harsh weather during the winter is not the only thing that can result in roof damage. Animals can also cause extensive damage to the roof when they are trying to find shelter from the exterior elements. If you notice any insect nests or small animals on the roof, then contact a professional for removal to prevent the problem from worsening.
For more information, contact a commercial roofing contractor like Commercial Solutions, Inc.