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How to Winterize a Commercial Building

Enjoying the beautiful fall weather is often difficult knowing a cold, snowy winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when proactive business people invest in winterizing their commercial buildings. This begins with a fall inspection. Thereafter, contractors can implement various strategies to keep your roof in the best shape possible throughout the colder seasons. Here are a few steps you should consider.

The Fall Inspection

In the fall, leaves can get into gutters and create a drainage problem. You may need to check this throughout the fall until all nearby trees fully shed their leaves. Getting on the roof is dangerous, so hire contractors to climb up and check for any leaks — real or potential. Contractors can identify issues that may lead to leaks later on if not addressed promptly, such as missing shingles and damaged flashing.

Coat the Roof

Not all roof types can be coated. However, if yours qualifies, adding a special coat can help to extend its lifespan. If your roof is due for replacement in the following year, it can prevent any damage that may make it necessary to replace the roof sooner than planned. Note that different types of roofs require different types of coating. Using the wrong one can cause more harm than good, so it is best to consult a professional.

Create a Snow Plan

Chicago and its surrounding areas see a lot of snow in the winter. The weight of this snow can create a problem for commercial buildings. Because many businesses use flat instead of pitched roofs, this may further compound the problem, as the snow cannot roll off on its own. Again, this step is especially important if you are due for a roof replacement soon.

When winterizing a commercial building against ice, snow, and the general cold, overlooking key aspects could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Get the job done right by relying on Great Lakes Roofing. Call 708-512-4798 or email us today for a free estimate!