From the freezing temperatures of winter to the scorching heat of summer, extreme weather conditions can have a negative impact on commercial roofing systems. Read on to explore the effects of seasonal weather on commercial roofs and get insights into preventative measures.

Seasonal Weather Conditions and Their Effects

Let’s take a closer look at how different weather events affect commercial roofing systems.

Freezing Temperatures and Snow

Winter, with its freezing temperatures, poses serious challenges to commercial roofs. The weight of frozen water on the roof, coupled with fluctuating temperatures, can lead to the deterioration of roofing materials. Regular inspections and proactive maintenance are crucial during this season to ensure the roof’s integrity.

We recommend the following preparation strategies for winter:

  • Invest in proper insulation and ventilation to prevent ice dam formation.
  • Implement snow removal strategies to prevent excessive buildup.

Heavy Rain and Storms

While spring brings milder weather, heavy rains can still pose a threat by causing or worsening leaks in commercial roofs. Storms, accompanied by high winds, pose a risk of lifting or damaging roofing materials.

We recommend the following preparation strategies for spring:

  • Ensure proper drainage systems are in place to prevent water ponding.
  • Reinforce roofing materials to withstand high winds.

Spring provides an excellent opportunity for inspections and repairs before the arrival of summer heat. Addressing any issues during spring can mitigate potential water damage and ensure the roof is prepared for the upcoming seasons.

Intense Heat

The intense heat of summer can harm sealant materials, causing them to weaken over time. High temperatures and humidity may lead to swelling and deterioration of roofing materials.

Regular maintenance during summer helps prevent long-term damage and ensures the roof’s resilience.

We recommend the following preparation strategies for summer:

  • Opt for reflective roofing materials to reduce heat absorption.
  • Hire a roofing contractor to apply UV-protective coatings to extend the lifespan of the roof.


Hailstorms, most common in the fall, can wreak havoc on commercial roofing systems. Hailstones can puncture roofing materials, leading to leaks and compromising the roof’s integrity.

Another threat to roofs associated with the fall is an accumulation of leaves. If left unattended, falling leaves can lead to mold and fungus growth on the roof. Accumulated debris in gutters can result in water flowing onto the roof, potentially causing leaks. Regular removal of leaves and debris and inspections are important to maintaining the roof’s structural integrity during the fall season.

We recommend the following preparation strategies for fall:

  • Choose impact-resistant roofing materials.
  • Install protective measures, such as hail guards or screens.
  • Conduct post-hailstorm inspections to identify and address any damage promptly.

As extreme weather events become more frequent and unpredictable, preparing your commercial roofing for these challenges is essential. Regular inspections, strategic material choices, and proactive maintenance are key components of a robust strategy to mitigate the impact of extreme weather. At Cipollini Roofing, we specialize in commercial and industrial roof maintenance, repairs, replacement, and installation. Contact us today!