Preparing Your Commercial or Industrial Roof For The Winter

We are a little under two months away from the harsher, colder and often much wetter weather conditions that the winter months can bring. At NWIR, our expert roofing contractors are all too familiar with the various problems winter can cause for any commercial roofing or industrial roofing system.

This is why it’s always advisable to carry out the necessary checks and properly prepare your roof as early as possible, for the colder months to come.

Problems caused by winter weather

Winter is the season that typically brings the most chilling temperatures and extreme conditions. Torrential rain, high winds, and a freezing climate are common, along with debris, snow and ice. All can spell potential damage to commercial roofing or industrial roofing systems.

Problems like cut edge corrosion, and other issues are far more likely to arise if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained. Checking for the early warning signs can end up saving you a lot in the long run, before winter sets in.

Preventative steps you can take

If there’s ever a time to carry out minor repairs to your roof it’s when the weather is still, by and large, dry and mild. So before we get to winter, here are some steps that our experienced roofing contractors suggest that you can take to prepare your roofing system:

  • Clear out the guttering of fallen leaves and debris.
  • Clean and unblock any outlets.
  • Flush out any rainwater pipes.  

It’s especially important to make sure that any gutters, outlets and downpipes are actually working to full capacity and fully free flowing. If snow was to fall on the roof and start to thaw, it’s essential that all the icy water can be flushed away.

You can carry out these checks and preventive measures, or you can take advantage of the services of professional roofing companies, who have the knowledge and knowhow to give you

complete peace of mind as winter approaches.

Why preparation is important

When a roof becomes compromised in the colder months, the repercussions can be catastrophic. It may lead to a full roof replacement, damage to the contents of your building, a loss of valuable stock and supplies, or even damage to equipment due to water leakage. Costs will soon spiral and you may not be able to claim on your insurance either, if adequate roof maintenance hasn’t been carried out.

It makes perfect sense to carry out comprehensive preparations on your commercial roofing or industrial roofing system way before the winter season begins. Even if damage is discovered, fixing a minor problem early can be much less costly and time effective, than carrying out extensive repairs in the future.

Contacting reputable and reliable roofing and cladding contractors to help you carry out the right checks and preparations can be invaluable. This is why we offer free roof surveys, to help you minimise the risks and head into the winter season with confidence in your roofing system.

Not only do we provide nationwide roofing maintenance at Roofing Consultant, but our roofing contractors also offer gutter lining systems, which can ensure your roofing system remains  watertight and structurally sound in harsh weather. Contact us to find out more about how we can prepare your roof for winter, on 0800 046 1500.