Winter can wreak havoc on the exteriors of your business location. If it is your first winter in business, you find yourself wondering what you should do to ensure that your building, parking lots, and all other exteriors are in the best possible condition for the spring and summer seasons. Get to know some of the steps that you should take as winter fades and spring dawns so that you can be sure that you repair and maintain your business exteriors and keep them looking good for your customers.
Inspect Your Paved Surfaces and Perform Repairs Or Replacements
Of all of the aspects of your business exteriors, the paved surfaces (i.e. the parking lot and sidewalks) are the aspects that your customers will interact with the most. The cold winter months, as well as the snow and ice that they bring, can cause your concrete or asphalt surfaces to contract and therefore crack or develop holes.
As such, the first step you will want to take after winter is over is walk around your parking lot and perform a thorough inspection of the surfaces. If you notice potholes and they are small, you can likely repair them. Make a diagram of your small potholes and cracks and have a commercial paving company come out and perform the repairs.
However, if you have several large potholes or more potholes than intact surfaces, you may want to forgo the repairs and have your parking lot and/or sidewalks repaved. This process will likely take a few days to complete and harden before the surfaces can be driven or walked on. So, be sure to plan ahead if you decide repaving is important. Contact a company like Asphalt Industries LLC for more information.
Have Your Roof Professionally Assessed And Repaired
At least twice a year, you will want to have your business's roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor. Generally speaking, this is at the end of winter and the end of summer. Winter weather that involves heavy ice and snow can cause serious damage to your roofing structure. The heavy weight of dense snow and ice can cause your roof to bend or lose structural integrity.
The cold air and wind can also damage your roof. If the roof is shingled, it can cause you to lose or break shingles. There can also be moss or mildew that can develop if any of the moisture of melting snow seeps into your roofing materials.
Have your roofing professional assess your roof's condition and perform any necessary repairs. If the roof has suffered serious damage, it may be necessary to replace the roof before the spring rains start to prevent roof collapse or water leakage into your building.
Now that you know a few of the post-winter exterior maintenance tasks that you should perform, you can get started and be sure that the outside of your building is in great condition going into spring and summer.