Prepping commercial buildings for winter weather

The winter season, known for its harsh temperatures, snow, and icy conditions, presents unique challenges for commercial property owners. The sheer might of winter can test the resilience of any building. But, with proper preparation, structures can survive and thrive during the coldest months of the year. 

The effects of winter on commercial buildings

Winter weather can be particularly unforgiving. Water from melting snow and ice can seep into even the tiniest crevices, potentially leading to structural damage, mold growth, and a host of other issues. Freeze-thaw cycles also pose threats, as they can cause masonry and concrete to crack and deteriorate.

What can you do about it?

Regular inspection

Before winter sets in, inspect the exterior of the building. Look for any signs of damage, cracks, or areas where water might infiltrate. Regular inspections can help catch problems before they escalate.

Sealing & caulking 

Invest in quality sealants. Caulk any gaps or cracks on the building’s exterior. This helps keep cold air out and prevents moisture from seeping in.

Clear drainage systems

Ensure gutters, downspouts, and drainage areas are clear of debris. This helps in effectively directing melting snow and rainwater away from the building, preventing potential water damage.

Protective paint & coatings

While repainting might sound like an aesthetic choice, certain paints and coatings offer added protection against moisture and can extend the life of your building’s exterior.

Masonry & concrete care

If there are noticeable cracks or deteriorations in masonry or concrete, consider patching them. There are many DIY patching products available that can temporarily address minor issues until professional restoration can be done.

Inspect roofs & overhangs

Snow accumulation can strain roofs. Inspect for loose shingles, tiles, or potential weak points. If possible, routinely remove excessive snow from rooftops. 


An often overlooked yet essential aspect, installing or replacing weatherstripping around doors and windows can help retain heat and prevent drafts.

The value of being prepared

Winter may present its challenges, but with proactive measures and a commitment to regular maintenance, commercial buildings can withstand its effects. Not only do these steps mitigate potential damage, but they also promote the longevity of the property, ensuring it remains a valuable asset for years to come.

If you need help maintaining your property for years to come, or you need a partner to improve the aesthetics or function of your property, we’d love to help.