The sun is hot and people are thinking about beaches and cooling off in pools and air conditioners, and surely the last thing anyone wants to think about is that brutal winter of snow and ice we just had.
But this is precisely the time a condo or co-op needs to start thinking about winterizing their building and getting it ready for the next set of winter months.
“Good winterization begins well before the winter arrives. As a cost-cutting or preventative measure, all mechanical devices must be maintained and serviced if necessary before the cold weather arrives,” says Peter Grech, a building operations consultant, a resident super, and education coordinator with the New York City Superintendents Technical Association. “If the temperature outside goes below 55, it may be too late.”
Let’s face it, winter is the hardest season of the year in terms of wear-and-tear on buildings. Ice collects in cracks and spaces between bricks and masonry and contributes to façade deterioration, salt stains and chews up metal and marble finishes, boilers and steam pipes work overtime, and colder temperatures and more hours of darkness equal higher heating and electrical costs.
Winterizing Windows and Cement
When there’s water penetration or water migration coming into a building around window frames, those areas have to be maintained before winter and should be looked at before fall ends.