There's A Chill In The Air: How To Get Your Commercial Building Prepped For Winter

With winter fast approaching, it's time to make sure that your commercial building is ready for the transition. You might think that the hot summer months are the most brutal for your building, but that's not actually true. The harsh winter weather can be particularly damaging for most commercial buildings. This is particularly true if the proper steps haven't been taken to get things ready. Unfortunately, winter problems can spell disaster for your business, especially if those problems require you to shut down operations for emergency repairs. To make sure you don't face problems that require work stoppage this winter, here are some steps you should take to get your building ready.

The Roof Structure

When it comes to your commercial building, your roof is the area that is most susceptible to winter damage. That's because it's exposed to the elements all winter long. Not to mention the fact that it was exposed to the intense heat all summer long. To avoid problems, your roof is going to need some extra attention before winter arrives.

The first thing you'll need to do is clean the roof. A good cleaning will remove dirt and grime that can lead to roofing problems during the winter. Once you've cleaned the roof, be sure to apply a fresh coat of waterproof sealant to lock out the winter moisture. Finally, contact your roofing company to take care of the repairs for any damage you might have noticed while you were cleaning and sealing the roof. If you're not comfortable climbing on the roof to tend to pre-winter maintenance for your roof, be sure to schedule an appointment with a commercial roofing company in your area.

The Heating and Cooling

You might not think that you need to do anything for your heating and cooling system to get it ready for winter, but that's not necessarily true. You've used your air conditioner all summer long, which means it will need to be serviced prior to being shut down for the winter. On the other hand, your heater has sat dormant for the summer, which means it will need to be serviced prior to winter start-up. Scheduling a service call with your commercial heating and cooling company will protect your entire system.

The Plumbing

If you're expecting freezing temperatures this winter, you've got to schedule an appointment for plumbing service before winter arrives. Frozen pipes can destroy your business, especially if they rupture under the pressure. To protect your commercial building, have a plumber come out to conduct a pre-winter service call where they clean the drains and insulate the pipes.