Summers in the Tri-State area never seem long enough. Just a few months from now, the weather will get cold (again) and snow will begin to fall. And when it does, will your commercial roof be ready to survive the winter?

Roofs undergo quite a beating when the weather turns cold. From snowstorms to ice and strong winds, you can end up incurring high repair/replacement costs in a single winter season. The good news is that you can prepare your roof in advance to avoid burning a hole in your wallet.

Whether you own a commercial flat roof or a dated shingle roof, early preparation will prevent common problems such as leaking, damaged flashing, and loose seams. Here’s how you can best prepare your commercial roof for the upcoming winter season in New York.

Start by having your roof professionally inspected

The first step is to schedule a thorough roof inspection. Your commercial roofing contractor will inspect multiple parts of your roof and check for any damages. This process is critical because a seemingly minor issue can gradually become worse at the peak of winter.

Have your roof inspected right before and after winter sets in. A quality inspection will involve the following steps:

  • Checking the seams for any openings or loose ends
  • Examining the seams for damaged flashing
  • Checking your caulking for any damages
  • Checking valleys for leaks
  • Identifying any loose fixtures around the perimeter

Invest in a thorough clean up

A dirty roof may not seem like much of a problem in the summer, but snow and cold weather can turn debris into heavy chunks of ice. Debris can also provide a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and fungi. These organisms wear away your roof materials, resulting in leaks and damage to your underlayment.

To prevent this issue, have your roof professionally cleaned. Your contractor should remove twigs, dirt, fallen branches, and leaves from your roof. A thorough cleanup is even more critical if you have a flat roof. Flat roofs tend to accumulate debris, which may ultimately result in leaks and other forms of physical damage. 

Consider gutter maintenance/replacement

As you clean your roof, don’t forget to have the gutters inspected. Gutters and their downspouts accumulate debris, which often results in blockages. Blocked gutters will affect more than just your roof. When water starts trickling down the edges of your building, it will cause damage to your exterior walls and even your foundation. Avoid this problem by having your gutters cleaned before winter sets in. And if your contractor notifies you of any loose seams (or damaged downspouts), consider replacing these parts so your gutters can operate smoothly.

Replace damaged shingles

Commercial shingles may also become brittle, deformed, and ultimately break due to heat from the sun. Damaged shingles end up being displaced from their original position, which may result in leaking. Furthermore, your underlayment will be exposed to snow and ice when winter sets in. This is why you should take immediate steps to repair or replace damaged shingles on your commercial roof. 

Catching the problem early will help you save on repair costs. If one or more shingles become displaced, others will also fall out of position and expose your roof to winter damage. 

Ensure proper insulation

Make sure your roofing contractor in New York also inspects the insulating material. Damaged insulation is a recipe for disaster. For example, water will penetrate your underlayment and provide moisture for mold to grow. Poor insulation will also increase your heating costs during winter- and you may not notice the problem until you’ve paid hundreds of dollars in inflated utility costs.

If your contractor notices any leaks on your roof, they should suggest immediate repair/replacement. It will cost you much less to fix a poorly insulated roof than to pay inflated heating bills throughout the winter season. 

Replace damaged sealant

A sealant is important for any commercial roof that has fixtures. To protect your antennas or plumbing stacks from becoming loose, have your contractor check the sealant and caulking around these fixtures. Exterior elements tend to cause your sealant to wear out, which should be replaced before winter comes along.

The final step to preparing your roof for winter is calling the right commercial roofing contractor. Building owners and facility managers of the Tri-State area can rely on Vanguard Roofing to get their structures ready for winter.

At Vanguard, we carry out a thorough inspection of your roof to identify any vulnerability to snow and ice. We also provide a wide range of repair, maintenance, and replacement services for commercial roofs. Whether you need new shingles or flat roof repair, you can count on us to get the job done before the weather gets cold. Contact us today.