An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and that adage holds true when it comes to preparing your commercial roof’s gutters for the winter. Commercial roofing contractors swear by the importance of having a pre-winter inspection of your gutter system in order to prevent mishaps during the winter months, but there are a few things you can do by yourself in order to keep things flowing smoothly. Mobley Brothers Roofing and Renovation explores them here.
Clear the Pipes
Whether before or during winter, always make sure that your downspouts and drains are free of debris or blockages. That’s because these can lead to ponding throughout your gutter system, and once the water begins to pond, the winter weather can make that water freeze.
By ensuring that snowmelt can efficiently flow away from your roof, you are ensuring that your roofing system is working to its full capacity. By clearing out the pipes before the onset of the winter season, you’re making sure that your gutters are prepared. And by doing the same during winter, you’re maintaining the efficiency of the gutter system.
Inspect the Fascia
Gutters are often connected to commercial roofs via the fascia. This means that a lot of stress is placed on this section of your roof. Needless to say, if this section of your roof gets damaged, then your gutter may be compromised
Commercial roofing contractors often inspect the fascia in order to ensure that your gutter system can support the added weight of snow and ice. You can help them out by conducting a visual inspection by yourself before you call the pros over for your pre-winter inspection.
Check for Leaks
Does your gutter system have seams? Or have you observed the signs of a leak anywhere throughout the structure? Leaks can become an issue when they start affecting the siding of your home, so regardless of whether you’re inspecting the gutter in preparation for the winter or at any other time, getting rid of gutter leaks is still important.
If the winter slush accumulating on your gutter melts for whatever reason, the resulting leak can start hitting your siding–and then refreeze there, which can adversely affect the siding material. Commercial roofing services can easily help you fix these leaks, but they need to be spotted first.
Trust Mobley Brothers Roofing and Renovation if you need help with preparing your gutter system for the coming winter months. Give us a call at (865) 216-3274 (Knoxville) or (615) 906-1195 (Nashville). You can also fill out our contact form for a consultation. Our Lebanon and Knoxville, TN, offices are ready and willing to help you out with your queries.