5 Tips to Prevent Commercial Roof Leaks During the Winter

Long winters, heavy snowfall, or a cycle of freezing and thawing can present a threat to commercial roofs, especially on older properties. Roof leaks are a serious concern that can lead to damage not only to your roof space and ceilings but also to the structure of your building. Roof repairs usually cause a significant disruption to a business, including the need to close while the repairs are being performed, depending on the situation. Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your roof in peak shape and identify any issues as soon as possible. The following tips can assist you in preventing roof leaks, saving you time and frustration.

  1. Check For and Treat Pooling Water

If your commercial building has a flat roof, there needs to be a drainage system in place, or water from rain and melted snow can cause significant pooling which can threaten the integrity of your roof. While some pooling is normal and not a cause for concern, significantly sized puddles that persist or reappear over time are signs that there is a problem with that part of the roof or with the roof’s overall drainage system.

  1. Replace Missing Roof Shingles

Shingles exist to protect your roof’s surface from direct weather damage. Over time, these shingles begin to degrade due to direct sunlight, storm damage, or other harsh weather conditions. Missing or broken shingles leave your roof vulnerable to water damage as rain or melting snow finds a way inside.

  1. Inspect Flashing

There are certain areas of your roof that may be more prone to leaks than others, for example, if your roof has a chimney or skylight. These areas are usually protected by metal flashing made from steel or aluminum that is rust-resistant. Troubles with this flashing is one of the leading causes of commercial roof leaks. In order to perform properly, flashing needs to be kept in good repair and should be inspected every few years. Damaged flashing should be replaced as soon as it is identified.

  1. Have Excess Snow Removed Regularly

Excess snow accumulation can present a major risk to your roof, especially if your building is aging. While most roofs are made with the ability to bear a certain load of snow, heavy winters can quickly push the limit and put a strain on your roof. If there’s an excessive accumulation of snow on your commercial roof, it’s best to consider having it removed or your roof may weaken, putting it at higher risk of leaks.

  1. Keep Nearby Trees Trimmed

Overhanging trees can present a significant hazard to your roof, especially during winter storms with strong winds and heavy snowfall. Branches can snap off and damage your roof or other parts of your building, allowing water to breech your roof’s defenses. Keep any tree limbs in the proximity of your roof well-trimmed and out of the way.

At North Shore Roofing, our dedication to our customers shines through in everything we do. For over twenty years, we have assisted business owners in maintaining the integrity of their roofs. If you need assist in repairing a roof leak on your commercial property in the Boston/North Shore area, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 978-977-3816. You’ll find more tips for preserving your roof during all four seasons when you visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Northshoreroofingma/.