commercial roof repair

Repair Your Building’s Roof Before Winter

Do you own or manage a building? If you’re responsible for the proper care of a facility, it’s time to do a thorough inspection of your building’s roof or have a professional roof consultant conduct one for you.

Don’t hold off on roof replacement any longer; do this before cold weather arrives.

Winter weather presents several challenges for roof restoration or repair. In fact, we only have about a month or two left to do liquid applied systems before it gets too cold.

That doesn’t mean we can’t repair a leak discovered during the winter months. It just means that some roof sealing solutions won’t be available, so you’ll want to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible to discuss what roof restoration is best for the needs of your building and to ensure enough installation time prior to the arrival of snow and ice.

Don’t let your commercial building suffer the abuse of winter without it being properly inspected and repaired beforehand.

Here are the reasons (and motivation) to schedule your repair asap!

  • Possible tax cut: Recent updates to Section 179 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the amount of money a business owner can deduct on income taxes as an expense in year 1, rather than as a capital expense subject to depreciation. There are limitations that apply, so we encourage you to discuss this with your accountant or tax advisor.
  • Less Choice of Roof Type: Winter adversely impacts certain roof sealants that are water-based (VOC-compliant) and need to be cured properly. Some commercial roofing companies might attempt to apply these coatings to your roof in the winter, but a reputable company won’t risk the integrity of their installation.
  • Labor may take longer: The sealing process for roof coatings can take longer in cooler weather, extending the length of your commercial roof project. The longer roofing contractors are on a site, the greater their labor hours, and the higher the project costs.
  • Compromised Visibility: Needed repairs and damaging leaks might not be as visible in winter when snow and ice cover the roof and conceal weak spots. With winter’s freezing temperatures, you won’t be able to spot water ponding as easily, which serves as a warning sign that your flat roof isn’t draining properly. When undiscovered and unrepaired, ponding or leaking will only lead to more disastrous building issues down the road.
  • Winter Roof, from Bad to Worse: Any small leaks that exist in your commercial roof before winter can be exacerbated by ice dams. These are some of the most common causes of roof leaks during winter months. Ice dams prevent water from flowing off your roof and away from its foundation. They can also trap water the roof of your building and force it to find any possible cracks or void as its means of escape. That means water could eventually enter your building.
  • Flashing Failure: Any unsecured flashings on your commercial roof could fail to block drifting snow, which can be surprisingly forceful when the weather turns for the worst.
  • Age of Membrane at Risk: Any weak or old roof membrane could reach its lifespan quicker than expected with the onslaught of winter’s extreme temperatures. Keystone Commercial Roofing serves Northwestern PA, Northeastern OH, Southwestern, NY, and the surrounding areas — so we’ve seen our share of brutal winter conditions. Don’t take a gamble on a weak membrane holding out for “just a little longer.” Any costs you delay in restoring your commercial roof could triple if the damage becomes extensively worse due to winter’s abuse.

Our commercial roofing consultants can save your business thousands of dollars. Your roof’s integrity should be Number 1 on your list of facility maintenance. Schedule a free consultation before winter blows your budget along with the snow.