How to Protect Your Flat Commercial Roof from Snow and Ice This Winter

November 13, 2019 10:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s no worse season for a flat commercial roof than winter. Snow, ice, cold temperatures and other seasonal conditions wreak havoc on flat roofs. Winter weather causes problems ranging from small leaks to total collapse, and everything in between. The good news is that we’re here to help! Keep reading to learn more about flat roof ice protection in Springfield, MA:

  • Schedule an inspection: The first step in protecting your roof is calling a professional for an inspection. A thorough inspection by a professional will point out any potential flaws in your roof that need to be fixed before winter sets in.
  • Make repairs now: Winter weather will only make any existing flaws in your roof worse, so it’s vital that you address them soon. Whether it’s fixing some damaged flashing or repairing a rip in the membrane, our team of professionals is up to the task! Just be sure to call us now, as making repairs in the middle of winter can be a bit of a challenge.
  • Check for structural damage: It’s hard to believe, but just a few inches of snow can add literal tons of weight to your roof. Though your roof is strong, it’s probably not capable of supporting a few extra tons of ice and snow. All of this extra weight can cause structural damage that compromises the integrity of your building. Interior signs of structural damage may include a sagging ceiling, leaks, displaced lighting or air ducts or bowing in load-bearing beams and walls.
  • Remove snow and ice as quickly as possible: You can help prevent all that excess weight by getting rid of any snow and ice that’s accumulated on your roof. Just be sure that you don’t hurt yourself or your roof while you’re getting rid of that snow and ice. Hiring a professional snow removal team might be your safest option.
  • Clear the gutters: While you’re up there, make sure to remove any ice or snow from the gutters! Gutters that are frozen over obviously can’t perform their job, which means any melted snow will form pools of water on your roof, and those pools typically lead to issues with leaks
  • Use deicing materials: There are plenty of deicing products on the market that melt ice or prevent it from forming in the first place. Check with your roofing professional before you put down the chemical, though—some deicers aren’t made for flat roof ice protection in Springfield, MA, and could wind up doing more harm than good.
  • Install a coating system: The best protection against winter weather is to put a protective coating system across the roof. This extra layer of protection will prevent the dangerous moisture accumulation mentioned above. Though you’ll still need to consider the extra weight from snow on the roof, you shouldn’t have to worry about any leaks developing.

Snow and ice have already begun to fall, so be sure to give us a call to learn more about flat roof ice protection in Springfield, MA! Whether you need an inspection or repairs on your commercial roof, the team at R & H Roofing, LLP is more than ready to handle the job.

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