When it comes to structural damage to your commercial building, you may be shocked to find that your property can experience damage all year round. Read on to find out how your commercial property can experience four seasons of building damage.

What building damage can I expect to face?

Here in the UK, we experience a vast range of weather conditions of which have a drastic effect on the exterior of our commercial buildings. From freezing temperatures, rain and mist to glorious sunshine and humidity. While it may be lovely living in a country that has four different seasons it can cause a right pain to your buildings. From corrosion to fading panels, we are going to discuss each season and the effects it can have on your commercial property.

Winter/Autumn

Winter and autumn are a fab time of year if you like the colder months. Shorter days, cooler mornings and plenty of wind, are all the kind of elements you can expect to experience in this seasons.

Plumbing

Unfortunately, one of the most common faults a commercial business may come across during the winter months is plumbing issues such as bursting or leaking pipes. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this from happening, for example, insulating the pipes with rockwool pipe insulation which will keep them warmer during winter temperatures. However, if you still find that they burst, then you might want to ensure you always have a commercial plumber on hand to help.

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Roofing

If your commercial property has a sloped roof then the likelihood of damage is slim, however, if you have more of a flat roof to your building, then it can be more prone to damage and collapse from heavy rain or snowfall. The significant build-up of weight can cause the roofing systems to buckle under the pressure of the water. A roof system can cost a large amount of money to replace; it can also pose as a real health and safety risk.

When it comes to roofing, a collapsed roof is not the only thing you need to cautious of. Weather conditions such as snow, ice and heavy rainfall can also cause a considerable amount of leaks within your commercial property. What causes these leaks is something known as ice dams, to find out how they are formed we recommend taking a read of Ice Dams and Their Prevention. Essentially ice dams form when there is a ridge of ice build up along one of the edges of the cladding panels, this is generally in an area which is most likely already weak or damaged. This collection of ice or the build-up of ice then stops any excess water from being able to pass it and drain away as though it usually would.

During the winter or colder months, we believe it is incredibly beneficial for you to go outside and assess your roofing systems even if it is a little too chilly. The reason for this is, what may have previously been a small section of cut edge corrosion might have now taken a rather large section of your cladding panels up, in some cases where the weather may have been particularly dreadful, the cladding panels can be damaged within a number of weeks. Unfortunately, cladding damage can take a big hit on the bank account if you leave it, it is one of those things that really does need sorting as soon as you see it, otherwise, you may need to replace the panel rather then repair it which can cost you a small fortune.

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To get the most out of your commercial building and its roofing system we suggest contacting a contractor who may be able to apply a special coating which will help reduce this kind of damage. A special coating will not only improve the roof system, but it will also make the roof last much longer, meaning you do not have to worry about maintenance.

Cladding

You may not think it, but cladding panels are an essential part of your commercial property, it provides you with an external protective shield, of which it protects the internal structure from all elements the weather might throw at it. Which is why we always highly recommend that your cladding panels are in tip-top condition throughout the colder months. To make the most out of your cladding panels, you should consider having on site spraying, as it prolongs your panels lifespan and also makes them look aesthetically pleasing.

Spring/Summer

Weather

When it comes to the summer, we love to sit outside and soak up those UV rays from the sun, much like we would protect our skin it is essential we also protect the exterior of our commercial properties. The sun can have a significant impact on paint, making it fade much quicker than normal. The sun essentially bleaches the colour, some of the most affected colour are yellows and red or other more vibrant colours. During the summer months, your building is more exposed to the sun in specific parts of the day. To make sure your commercial property is looking in the best condition you might want to consider having the exterior sprayed.

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Pests

Birds can be a real pain during the summer as they love to create homes in holes in your cladding panels, so you need to make sure if you have any cut edge corrosion which has caused holes in your panels, they are treated and repaired straight away. Sometimes it can be a little bit difficult to assess if you have any pests which are why during the summer months we recommend having a pest control company come in an take a look at your commercial property.

Maintenance

It is paramount throughout the year you take great care of your commercial property. Unfortunately, the British weather can take its toll on your building all year round. Keeping on top of maintenance will mean your commercial property is not only in the best condition possible, but it will also reduce your repair costs. Panels will no longer need replacing, and you will often find you dramatically increase the life-span of your panels.

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