The weather changes drastically throughout the year, so you need to be prepared for anything. From blizzards to wind storms and extreme heat, your building needs to be able to withstand it all. Here are some tips to help keep your investment safe.
Wind causes significant damage to buildings either by directly putting force on the structure or by blowing large pieces of debris into your business. If you live in an area that gets a lot of wind storms, hurricanes, thunderstorms or tornadoes, it can be challenging to protect your property from damage. If you know a storm is coming, you can reinforce your structure by boarding up windows and glass doors to prevent debris from flying in. Another option is to install a structural monitoring device that lets you see how the building fairs through a storm. Protecting your establishment from wind damage means you can be back in business as soon as possible after a storm.
Snow Storms and Blizzards
If you live in an area that gets below freezing in the winter, it’s essential to insulate and protect your property from snow and ice damage. One area of concern is the flat roof because snow accumulates quickly during storms. The weight of the powder puts a lot of pressure on the roofing system, which could collapse after a heavy storm. Have a plan to remove the snow as soon as possible after a storm to prevent undue stress on the building. It’s also important to insulate any outdoor water pipes to avoid freezing and bursting and seal cracks around windows and doors to prevent cold air from seeping in.
Winter isn’t the only time you need to be concerned with the weather. During the summer periods of extreme heat can affect your building’s systems too. Preparation is vital for the summer season. One of the first things to do is inspect your air conditioning system and have it serviced if needed. Remove any debris from around the fan and replace any worn weatherstripping from around the pipes. Having a good working cooling system is necessary for the safety of your customers and employees. Another area of concern is glass windows and doors, as the sun’s rays create a greenhouse effect on hot days. Install UV blocking film on the windows and doors to prevent the rays from heating the office.
A little preparation goes a long way to keeping your building safe during different weather situations. It pays off when you can stay in business no matter what season it is.