With winter approaching, it’s important to protect your business from the damage that ice and snow can inflict. A building’s roof is its first line of defense against the elements. A strong, well-maintained structure keeps precipitation out and protects your workers, inventory, and facility. This guide explains how you can prepare for inclement weather.
3 Steps to Protecting Your Roof From Ice Damage
1. Inspect & Repair the Surface
Routine roof inspections allow you to spot potential problems before winter weather makes them worse. A damaged or improperly installed roof might not withstand a storm, but repairing flaws beforehand saves you the cost of replacing the surface next spring.
2. Check the Upper Levels of the Building
Many commercial buildings have open spaces on the uppermost level for storage, utilities, and insulation. When the roof is damaged, this is the first area to be affected. Look for signs of possible leaks like daylight around ventilation outlets or signs of existing water damage.
3. Remove Ice & Snow Quickly
Once a winter storm has passed, the key to preventing damage from the remaining ice and snow—and water damage from melting precipitation—is to clear off the roof. Leaving snow and ice in place can create serious problems, including ice dams. These large blocks of ice form when melting snow refreezes along gutters and roof edges, preventing the remaining snow from sliding off the top of the building or melting and draining into the gutters. The added pressure from the snow can deteriorate roofing materials and lead to water damage in the building.
Winter storms can present an array of challenges, but the team at JAM Associates of Poughkeepsie, NY, is prepared to meet them. These experts specialize in roof repairs and replacements using Duro-Last® PVC roofing solutions. Visit their website to learn more about their products and services, and call (845) 454-4853 to schedule a roof inspection or repair.