Since 1984, State and Local Municipalities, major Property Management corporations, Hospitals, Religious Organizations, and School Districts have looked to McNeil Engineering for their roofing consulting, design, repair, and maintenance needs.
As a full-service roofing consulting firm, we specialize in all aspects of roofing design and architecture, from existing condition evaluations to designs for complete replacements, construction management, and periodic observations during construction. Now that winter is officially over, it’s time to start making sure your commercial building is prepped for the summer months ahead. A roofing consulting inspection can provide you with key insights that will help you avoid damage and save money.
The impact of winter weather on your roof
Ice, snow and freezing temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable to spend time in. They put your commercial roof through the wringer.
- Wind – Winter winds whip up snow drifts and batter your shingles. Day-after-day, this can cause your roofing to erode, exposing insulation and allowing water and ice to seep into the cracks. If you have tall trees near your commercial building, wind can also break and throw branches on your roof, causing significant damage. To prevent this from happening, regularly trim back your trees.
- Snow – Wet snow is heavy. When it is allowed to accumulate over a period of days or weeks, it can put a significant amount of pressure on your commercial building’s ceiling. If this problem isn’t addressed quickly, it will cause the ceiling to bow, and in a worst-case-scenario, collapse. Wet snow over doorways and windows can also cause the mortar or drywall to crack.
- Ice – Ice is particularly problematic for commercial roofs. When water gets into cracks and crevices in roofing, it may then re-freeze. When water reaches it’s freezing point, it expands by nearly 9%. That significant growth has the power to shatter pipes, HVAC equipment, wooden support beams, and even walls. However, this process often takes a period of months or years. Because of this, it’s crucial that you regularly have your commercial building’s roof and attic area inspected by a certified roofing consultant.
What are the benefits of roofing consulting?
As you can see, the power of Old Man Winter is nothing to joke about. Taking preventive measures to protect and fortify your commercial roofing is good business. In fact, investing in roofing consulting now can help you:
- Protect your team members
- Catch problems early on
- Understand where your building needs work
- Lower your energy costs
- Lower your emissions
- Improve office air quality
- And more!
Roofing consulting can prepare your building for summer
Time flies; Soon, you’ll be running your air conditioning units. The last thing you want to have to worry about is cold air escaping out of your rooftop. Taking action now is a common-sense way to improve efficiency and boost your bottom line.
The roofing consulting team at McNeil Engineering can help you do this via an existing roof condition analysis. This process is twofold:
First, we’ll send one of our qualified, and knowledgeable roofing professionals out to your place of business. Using cutting-edge tools and technology, they will inspect the integrity of your roof from all aspects, making a thorough list of any and all issues that they find.
Next, they will meet with you and explain their findings in detail. Once your meeting is over, you will have a number of common sense, applicable recommendations and instructions for adequately maintaining your commercial roofing system. It’s that easy!
Schedule your roofing consulting appointment today
The sooner you have your commercial roof inspected the better. Best case scenario: nothing is wrong and everything is good to go. Worst case scenario: your roof needs to be repaired (but now you know!) Take action today and give us a call. Summer will be here before you know it!