Can One Winter Really Destroy My Roof? The Hidden Damage, and Costs, Thawing Inside The Rafters

The winter storms are finally behind us, but your property's roof is still suffering the consequences of the frigid season.

Frozen temperatures and precipitation take a substantial toll on commercial roofing systems, threatening the integrity of your building and the protection of your interior. If left unchecked, minor repairs turn into expensive replacements quickly as moisture works against the health of your materials, especially for commercial structures with flat roofs that hold snow and rainwater.

If your building is experiencing leaking, missing or shifting shingles, or cracked flashing, it may have fallen victim to one of these major wintertime culprits:

  • The Freeze/Thaw Cycle and thermal shock from fluctuating temperatures forces materials to expand, contract, and deteriorate over time. 
  • Heavy snows and ice dams add excessive weight and standing moisture to your roof, leading to structural damage, leaking, and mold.
  • Hazardous icicles that form from clogged gutters, as well as condensation from the daytime sun, also contribute to trapped moisture and rotting.

Roofing systems already take a beating while they await the final thaw of the season, so delaying routine inspections and improvements once spring arrives can cause irreparable damage. A professional will be able to identify potential, and even hidden, areas of concern, and will work to repair these weak spots immediately to prevent further degradation. 

However, if your roof has been in substandard conditions for some time, or this year's freeze led to extensive damage, an experienced team should be secured to handle the improvements as soon as possible. At Southwest Companies, we offer all of the common roofing methods, in addition to the traditional, skillful hot asphalt system.

Guarantee your roof will see a long life from comprehensive inspections, prompt repairs, and preventative maintenance by contacting the experts at Southwest Companies today.