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1 September 2023

As we’ve gotten the summer blues following the recent bank holiday. At RPMG, we thought it was time to get ready for the colder months ahead

Autumn and winter’s arrival often brings harsh weather conditions that can take a toll on your property, particularly your roof and gutters.

RPMG employee wearing a high-vis jacket with a rainbow in background
As the cold months set in, the need for proactive maintenance to ensure the integrity of your building becomes paramount. Neglecting these crucial elements during winter can result in significant damage and costly repairs. To safeguard your building during the winter months, let’s delve into the specifics of what roof and gutter maintenance you may need to avoid any unexpected winter costs.

So without further ado… Let’s get into it.

Maintenance Checklist

  1. Roof Inspection:

Before winter strikes in full force, conduct a comprehensive roof inspection. Pay special attention to the condition of your roof and waterproofing systems. Identify any dislodged, weak, or loose components that may not withstand the powerful winter storms. A well-maintained roof is not only a defence against leaks but also ensures the safety of employees, customers, and visitors. If your inspection uncovers any issues with your roof, don’t delay in addressing them. Repair or replace damaged roof components promptly. Timely intervention is crucial to prevent further deterioration during the winter months. 

  1. Gutter Maintenance:

Gutters play a critical role in channelling rainwater away from your building. During winter, heavy rainfall is common, and gutter blockages can lead to water ingress and structural damage. Inspect your gutters and drainage systems for any signs of clogging or damage. Joints and hoppers are common areas where debris accumulates, so pay extra attention to these spots. Regular clearing of drains is essential to ensure effective water runoff. 

  1. Preventing Ice Dams:

In regions with freezing temperatures, ice dams can pose a significant threat to your roof and gutters. These ice accumulations can block drainage, leading to water seeping under laps, joints and details causing leaks. Regular maintenance is essential to reduce the risk of any event. 

Building maintenance (Gutter)
  1. Snow Removal:

For areas prone to heavy snowfall, timely snow removal from your roof is vital. The weight of accumulated snow can strain your roof’s structure, potentially leading to collapse. Employ professionals with the necessary equipment and expertise to safely remove excess snow from your roof during the winter.


  1. Weir overflows

When it comes to safeguarding your building from heavy rains, considering the addition of weir overflows to your gutter system is a wise choice. Valley and internal gutters can sometimes struggle to handle a deluge, leading to messy spills and even potential water damage inside your business. Weir overflows act as a dependable safeguard, helping to divert excess water away and maintain the smooth operation of your gutters. This extra layer of protection can provide peace of mind during stormy weather. 


  1. Ice Melt Systems

In regions where winter brings biting cold and heaps of snow, investing in ice melt systems for your roof is a proactive and practical decision. These innovative systems utilize gentle heat to ward off the accumulation of ice and snow on your roof’s surface. By ensuring that snow and ice don’t stick around, you’re not only preventing the hazards of falling ice but also promoting effective drainage. This proactive approach not only saves you from potential roof damage but also ensures that your home remains warm and dry throughout the winter season. 

weir overflow, useful in seasonal commercial building maintenance
Example of a weir overflow
In conclusion, winter maintenance focused on your roof and gutters is essential for preserving the structural integrity of your commercial building. Neglecting these crucial elements can lead to leaks, structural damage, and costly repairs. 
By proactively inspecting, maintaining, and, if necessary, repairing your roof and gutters, you’ll ensure your property weathers the winter season without major complications. As we always say, you can prepare for the cost of maintenance; but you cannot prepare for the cost of emergency. 
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