Many business owners don’t think about their roof until it’s practically crashing down on top of them. However, this can be a poor stance to take when it comes to roof maintenance. In many cases, a little preventative maintenance can greatly extend the life of your commercial roof and save you money on repairs in the long run. Since winter is often the hardest time for roofs, this guide will help you focus on how to avoid winter roof damage in Los Angeles when the temperatures get chilly and heavier than usual rain starts to fall.
Poor drainage is a major factor in commercial roof damage. When rain water can’t drain properly, it pools on the roof and freezes. Clear leaves, dirt and other debris from the gutter so that rainwater can run off freely. Make sure the gutters drain properly as well and channel water away from the building so that it doesn’t seep into the foundation.
An inspection by a commercial roof repair company in the months leading up to winter. A roof inspection can easily pinpoint any weak points or potential problems with your roof. These problems can then be addressed before bad weather starts. An inspection is a small investment that can save you a lot of money further down the line.
When the weather gets bad, branches that overhang the roof can blow against it, stripping off shingles or other roofing materials. Heavy branches may even fall in the roof and cause more significant damage. To keep this from happening, make sure any branches that hang over or very close to the roof are pruned back.
Poorly maintained HVAC ducts in the roof area can leak can cause water damage to the area. Likewise, a poorly insulated attic can seep heat onto the roof area, melting ice that has built up on the roof, causing it to trickle into the structure of the roof and weaken it.
Check the interior and exterior walls around the roof area. If there is any cracking or staining, address these issues before the weather gets bad. Rain, ice and winter storms will only compound the problems and make them worse. Roof and wall damage are also more difficult to address during the winter.
To avoid serious commercial roof damage, use some of these tips in the lead up to the winter months.
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