Preparing Your Commercial Facility for Winter

Preparing Your Commercial Facility for Winter

Winter Is Coming: Secure Your Commercial Facility

Winter, with its chilly gusts and snow-laden landscapes, can be both beautiful and harsh. As the temperatures drop and snowstorms loom, commercial facilities are at risk of encountering challenges that could compromise their efficiency and integrity. It's not just about keeping the cold out; it's about ensuring that the entire facility is optimized for the colder months to come.

Roofing: The First Line of Defense

One of the most crucial areas to inspect before winter arrives is your facility’s roof. Over time, roofs bear the brunt of natural wear and tear, and undetected damages can lead to leaks, energy inefficiencies, and even structural dangers.

For those with metal roofing systems, it's vital to ensure all components are in tip-top shape. A well-maintained metal roof is energy efficient and offers superb protection against snow and ice. Consider scheduling a professional roof inspection. At Dutton & Garfield, we’ve had decades of experience in ensuring roofs are winter-ready, keeping the contents of businesses safe and sound.

Insulation: Keep The Cold Out and The Warmth In

Proper insulation is a game-changer in winter. It doesn’t just keep your facility warm; it helps reduce energy bills. Metal building structures, particularly, benefit from high-quality insulation as they inherently have high thermal conductivity. Ensure your insulation is intact, devoid of gaps, and sufficient to handle the depths of winter.

Gutters and Drainage Systems: Clear the Way

Snow and ice can easily clog gutters and downspouts, leading to water backing up and potentially damaging your facility. Ensure gutters are free of debris and consider installing gutter guards for an added layer of protection. Additionally, check your facility's drainage to ensure that meltwater has a clear path away from the building, reducing the risk of ice formation and possible slips or falls.

Energy Efficiency: Optimize and Save

Winter can spike energy bills as heating systems work overtime. But with some foresight, you can ensure your facility remains energy efficient. Double-check seals around windows and doors, and consider energy-efficient lighting options which not only save power but can also contribute to a warmer ambiance in your commercial space.

Retrofitting: Upgrade for The Season

Sometimes, the best way to prepare for winter is to consider retrofitting certain areas of your facility. This could mean upgrading windows, enhancing ventilation systems, or even overhauling sections of the building that are notably inefficient. Retrofitting is an investment, but it’s one that can offer significant returns, especially in regions with severe winters.

Engage Professionals: The Dutton & Garfield Advantage

Preparing a commercial facility for winter isn't just a seasonal task; it's a strategic move that can influence your facility's efficiency, safety, and cost-effectiveness. While there are many steps owners and managers can take on their own, engaging professionals ensures a comprehensive and expert approach.

We at Dutton & Garfield take pride in our 50 years of service, offering unparalleled expertise in commercial construction and maintenance. Whether it's inspecting a metal roofing system, advising on insulation upgrades, or managing a full retrofitting project, our team is committed to ensuring that commercial facilities are not only ready for winter but optimized for year-round performance.


Winter can be challenging, but with the right preparations, it's a season your commercial facility can comfortably weather. Don't leave things to the last minute; start preparing now to ensure smooth operations throughout the colder months. And remember, you're not alone in this. Our team at Dutton & Garfield is here to help, offering insights, services, and the peace of mind that only decades of experience can provide. If you're considering winter preparations for your facility, don't hesitate to contact us.