When you are entering into your first winter as a small business owner, you may find yourself at a loss as far as what you will need to do to get your business and building ready for the coming cold winter months. However, if you want to be sure that your business continues to run smoothly and without incident throughout the winter months, there are some important steps that you will need to take during the few weeks and months leading up to winter. Get to know these steps and make your first winter as a small business owner the best one ever.
Replace and Repair Any Sidewalks and Parking Lots
The cold winter weather that will inevitably come will be tough on the parking lots and sidewalks outside of your business. Because these locations are so important to customers, and represent their first impression of your business, you will want to be sure that they are in the best possible shape going into the winter months.
If there are significant cracks in the pavement, missing pieces or potholes of any kind, you will want to hire a commercial paving contractor to take care of it before the first freeze or snowfall this winter. Fixing damage to the surface of your pavement will help keep your customers safe as they enter your business and will give them a more pleasant experience overall.
Winterize Your Windows
Cold air can get inside you building in many ways throughout the winter. While you cannot help the fact that the door to your business will need to open and close throughout the day to allow customers inside, you can seal up certain vulnerable points to the building. This, of course means, you will want to winterize your building's windows.
Depending on the type of windows your business has, you can winterize in different ways. Solid glass panes that do not open can be sealed using a clear adhesive plastic that fits on your window glass as well as onto the frame. This helps to seal up any gaps between the glass and window frame.
If the window needs to open for any reason, you can still winterize by placing removable foam weatherstripping around the outside edges of the window as well as any areas that are not used in the window opening process. The more insulation you have between the inside of your building and the cold outside air, the better off you will be.
Now that you know how you can get started preparing your small business for winter, you can get to work and ensure that you have a safe and successful winter in the books this year.