Just like with your home, you’ll want to get your office ready to withstand the bitter impacts of winter. Not taking care of important maintenance and repair tasks before the cold weather sets in could result in major damages, bodily injuries and other problems. Here are four winter essentials that you’ll need to prepare your office for the harsh winter.
Weatherstripping materials can be placed around windows and doors to prevent cold drafts from blowing into your building. Using the best weatherstripping materials can also prevent heat from escaping and being wasted, which may save you a lot on your energy costs. If you already have weatherstripping materials in place, it’s recommended that you check each piece to ensure that no cracks or other damage exists and replace them if necessary.
Getting a roof inspection before the winter is a great way to find out if your office building’s roof needs any repairs or maintenance. Experienced contractors who provide commercial roof services can check for missing shingles. Mold growth that has caused damage that you’re unaware of can also be checked for and addressed. Contractors will additionally be able to let you know if your roof is capable of handling shrinkage from the cold that’s sometimes known to cause extra damage and what can be done to get everything addressed before other problems occur.
Traction mats can be placed around the entrance of your office to help prevent people from slipping when entering. You might also choose to place mats around certain walkways in your office to make conditions even safer. Moisture from snow, ice and rain that gets on the bottom of people’s shoes can make them more prone to slip-and-fall accidents, and having durable traction mats in place can limit your liability. Rubber mats that won’t break down or curl easily will be your best choice.
A power outage is likelier to occur when high winds or heavy snowfall happens during the winter, and having a backup generator in place can keep your power running even when your main power source fails. A backup generator will be especially useful if everyone on your staff is trying to complete tasks on computers and other electronic office equipment and can’t afford a power failure. When using a backup generator, it’s important to follow all safety instructions closely to avoid electrical mishaps or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Preparing your office the right way for winter can save you a lot of extra trouble and expense. Doing everything that’s necessary to reinforce your work-space can be beneficial for you, your staff and your commercial building.