Common winter roofing mistakes to avoid

Avoid spring surprises by staying on top of your roof through the winter.
Thursday, December 8, 2022

As a property manager or building operator, you’ve probably already conducted your fall maintenance for the year, and roofing has come up. With a visual inspection of your roof, destructive testing, and a diagnostic assessment, so should you know what needs to be done come spring.

But what about when winter comes? The temptation to “set it and forget it” once the snow flies may be strong, but there are a few things to keep in mind throughout winter to avoid costly roofing expenses in the spring.

Minimizing issues

If you get water inside your building, you might assume that the leak is localized and contained. A small leak may be an indication of a larger issue, or an issue that (if not taken care of) could turn into something serious by the time spring comes.

If conditions allow, getting a roof inspection to determine the extent of the damage and plan for prevention until the snow melts is the best way to stop a small issue from turning into a large and expensive problem.

Ignoring the weather

The winter brings temperature swings, wind, and snow, which can have negative effects on your roof. Shifts in temperature create a freeze/thaw cycle, which can cause ponding and blisters on your roofing membrane. Extreme wind can result in uplifting, which exposes your roofing system to the elements. Snow is heavy and your roof has a maximum snow load. Keep your eye on the volume and weight of the snow and arrange snow removal if it becomes a risk to your roof’s integrity.

Being aware of these issues allows you to deal with them before they get worse, saving possible damage to your building’s interior, work stoppage, and major expenditure.

Not prioritizing a spring inspection

Even if you’ve been diligent with your roof through the winter, don’t skip out on the spring inspection. It’s the perfect time to see what damage was caused or made worse under the snow, so you can conduct any repairs in a timely fashion and budget accordingly over the next year.

Staying on top of your roof’s condition, conducting preventative maintenance, and avoiding costly mistakes will lengthen the lifespan of your roof, protecting your asset and saving you money.

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