Commercial Roofing Problems To Watch Out For This Winter

Winter is right around the corner and the roofing of your commercial building is crucial for protecting your business from the cool, wet weather. Even in Alabama, winter can take a toll on your roof, which is why it’s so important to take great gear in planning for any potential damage.

To help you stay prepared for things like moisture, snow, and ice on your commercial roofing, here are a couple things that every commercial building owner needs to be aware of during the colder months.

Snow buildup

Alabama may not be as prone to snow as other regions in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be prepared for it. The extended weather estimate for this season predicts that the winter season will be cooler and wetter for the south, but snowfall remains unpredictable.

Wet snow can weigh heavier than dry snow, even when there’s very little of it. Commercial buildings have a maximum weight limit, which means that heavy snow can put a dangerous level of stress on the structural integrity of your commercial roofing.

Be sure to have a snow removal plan in place just in case. It’s better to be prepared for snowfall that doesn’t happen than to be unprepared for snowfall that does.

Condensation

Although winters can be wet in Alabama, the insulation of your commercial building shouldn’t be. Condensation can occur in your building’s insulation when the warm air inside the building comes into contact with the cold outside air.

Warm air can sometimes escape even in the most well-insulated buildings. If left unnoticed, the condensation that results can cause mildew, mold, and other damage to your commercial building’s structure.

To prevent condensation from causing problems, make sure to routinely inspect your commercial roofing system and to ensure you get the proper ventilation systems you need to minimize damage.

Do you need commercial roofing maintenance?

Seasonal maintenance is important when it comes to keeping your commercial roofing in excellent shape. Up to 40% of all building-related issues are caused by water intrusion. Fall maintenance can keep you from suffering from roof leaks during the winter months.

If you’re in need of a roof repair or roof installation, we have the professional roofing contractors you need to get the job done. To learn more about our roofing services for residential and commercial roofs, contact us today.

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