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Preparing Your Flat Roof for the Fall

Sep 23, 2019

Throughout Canada, fall and winter signal the start of colder temperatures and increased precipitation in the form of rain, hail, or snow. These weather changes will have you thinking more seriously about your flat roof, and how you should be preparing it for the cooler months ahead. Failure to prepare your commercial flat roof for the fall and winter months could result in extensive (and costly) damage to both your flat roof and your property altogether.

As a way of avoiding major flat roof damage this fall, we’ve prepared some useful tips for flat roof maintenance in the fall and winter months. Read below to discover how you can prepare your commercial flat roof for the upcoming autumn season.

  1. Clean Your Flat Roof

Although flat roof maintenance and seasonal flat roof cleaning of debris should be completed throughout the year, it’s especially important before the colder temperatures arrive. During the fall, hiring a professional roofing company to clear off leaves, twigs and other debris from the roof’s surface and gutters is extremely important. Making sure that your flat roof is clean and free from seasonal debris before the first snowfall hits is vital. Failure to do so could result in severe punctures to the flat roof’s membrane, bringing forth leaks and other water damage caused by excess snowmelt.

  1. Inspect Your Flat Roof

Seasonal flat roofing inspections are a must for commercial flat roof owners. When it comes to commercial flat roofs, seasonal inspections are best left in the hands of a licensed professional. During flat roof inspections, a professional roofing contractor will look for loose or open seams, gaps, holes, and cracked or rusted flashings. If your flat roof experiences any of these signs of wear and tear, it’s important to take care of them before the colder months commence. If left untreated, freezing cold temperatures, snow, and ice could make these problems worse and maintenance more difficult.

  1. Ensure Your Flat Roof Drainage is Working Properly

Once a commercial roofing professional has cleaned and inspected your flat roof, ensure they pay extra attention to any drain hubs or other drainage areas around your flat roof. Not only should your flat roof’s drains be completely clear of seasonal debris, but they should also be tested to see if they are working properly. If your roof’s drainage system has any clogs or leaks going into the fall and winter season, then your roof is at higher risk for severe ice accumulation, which can result in extensive damage that may require a full flat roof replacement.

Our Flat Roofing Specialists in Toronto Are Here to Help

Preparing your flat roof for the fall and winter seasons is one of the most important things you can do for preserving its service life. Although it may seem like a difficult job, seasonal flat roof maintenance can be easily done with the help of the professional roofing experts at Crown Industrial Roofing. Our commercial roofing specialists can inspect your flat roof and even provide timely flat roof repairs or flat roof replacements before fall begins. At Crown Industrial Roofing, we are among Toronto’s most trusted and respected commercial flat roof experts. We can install single-ply roofing, modified bitumen, and built-up flat roofing systems on your commercial or industrial property in Toronto, Ontario and the surroundings.

For more information about our flat roof maintenance, flat roof installation, and flat roof repair services, contact us today.