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As the seasons change and the hot and humid days of summer come to an end, you may find yourself thinking about the bitter cold Winter days that are quickly approaching. Dropping temperatures mean that the holiday season is is just around the corner, but that also means that heavy snowfall is as well.
You do not want to be caught unprepared for the snow this winter, as damages can cost business owners an average of $17,000. With the help of UB Commercial, here’s how you can prepare your business’ Roof for winter.
Clear off debris
Make sure that all leaves, twigs, and other debris is cleared off of your roof. Whenever it rains or snows, these will absorb water and begin to rot. The bacteria formed can decompose the material your roof is made of, leaving your roof weak and thin.
Depending on the height of your building and location, you may also find trash, clothing, or glass on top of your roof; none of which you want resting idle on your roof this winter! Whether you decide to tackle this on your own or hire someone else to, clearing off your business’ roof is an important first step of preparing for winter.
Analyze surrounding areas
If there are any large tree branches that may touch your roof when bowed down with snow, trim them down ahead of time. You don’t want to spend time preparing your roof for the winter just to have snow dumped on it from a weighed down tree branch when you least expect it.
Snow also tends to drift, meaning that snow may be coming from neighboring building or from the build-up on the ground. To try and combat this, make sure your neighboring companies are also preparing themselves for the winter and that you have a plan for removing snow that may accumulate near your business.
Repair damages ahead of time
It is important to check for damages prior to the first freeze of the season. Check that all gutters, drains, and other devices are in good condition and that there are no cracks or corrosion. It is especially important that your building will be able to drain well, and without obstruction.
If you find anything that is in a less-than-desirable condition, replace it early in order to prevent it from getting more damaged over the winter. While you may want to just wait until the end of the season to complete any repairs, this could mean the difference in fixing a small crack to repairing a large hole.
Know your roof’s limits
Each roof is able to hold a different amount of snow or ice before problems start occurring. It is important to know what your building’s snow capacity is, so that you can keep an eye on it during the winter and prevent snow loading.
A general contractor or structural engineer can help determine what your building’s capacity for snow is. They may also be able to put you in contact with a reputable snow-removal company so you can plan ahead for eliminating build-up.
Even the most prepared business-owners still have potential to face loss, but it’s important that you plan for the winter so that you can minimize it as much as possible. You don’t want to lose valuable time running your business to deal with reparing your roof. These tips may be the difference between having minimal damage to your roof and having to replace it, so give them a try today!
Read How to Prepare Your Business’ Roof for Winter on Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
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