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Snowflakes dance and twitter as they fall from the sky, but when they pile up on a roof, they can cause

long-lasting damage. Snow is heavy, and with the dancing snowflakes comes the bitter cold that seeps into the bones, and the interior workings of buildings and concrete. Cold and snow can be damaging to property, which is why you should know how to protect your commercial property to survive a harsh winter.

Winterize Your Roof

Your roof is an important factor to keeping your building safe and secure. If there are leaks, the winter storms can cause heavy damage to your roof come spring. It’s important to make sure that there are no places where the roof can leak, which requires an inspection. Most roof inspections are done in the fall, to assess how the winter will affect the roof and prevent damage, and in the spring to assess what to do to repair the winter damage. Winterizing your roof requires hiring a professional to look at and gauge what should be done to your roof to protect it for the long winter.

Keep Concrete and Asphalt Maintained

Another thing you can do is maintain the concrete and asphalt of your property. Cracked concrete can break apart further during the winter when water melts from the snow, seeps into the cracks, and then freezes, expanding the cracks. Ice can cause potholes to start to appear in your asphalt and concrete. Sealcoating your asphalt prevents the cold from expanding the surface and doing further damage. Maintaining your concrete and asphalt not only prevents damage, but it keeps your property looking professional throughout the winter.

Prepare the Grounds

Another way to prepare for a harsh winter is to prepare the grounds. If you have a lawn with trees and shrubbery, it’s important to give them the care they need so they can slumber the winter away. Trees should be pruned back, and the grounds should be fertilized and mulched to protect the plants during the long winter. If you have potted plants by the doors of your commercial property, take them inside for the winter so that they can have a warmer climate.

Your commercial property can survive the winter if you take the proper care of it. By winterizing your roof, maintaining concrete and asphalt and by preparing the grounds, you ensure your building will be ready for spring.

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