Maintaining Flat Roofs During the Fall and Winter Months

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Flat roofs present special maintenance requirements, but when the weather starts to turn colder, there are some special considerations that need to be addressed. When snow and ice become a concern, it is better to have prepared ahead of time then to have to deal with damage after it has happened. Here are a few things to think about as the weather starts to cool but before it turns frigid.

Removing Debris and Inspecting the Roof

Take a few minutes in the fall to inspect the roof and look for damage that may allow moisture to build up under the roofing material. While you are up there, clear off any debris that is on the roof from low-hanging trees or other obstructions. A fallen limb or small sticks could become a problem when covered with snow and ice, so a little prevention now can make a huge difference later.

Clear Drainage Systems Before the Snow Flies

While you are up on the roof, take a few minutes to check all the drains for debris that may be blocking them, along with the gutters, if your building has them. This is the time to clean them out and get everything around them removed. Blocked drains or gutters will allow water to sit on the roof, and this can cause damage in the long term.

Sealing the Cracks

During your inspection of the roof, keep an eye out for cracks in the roofing materials. If there are any cracks, they need to be repaired or sealed right away. Cracks in the roofing will allow water to seep in and under the roofing material, damaging the wood underneath. Depending on the roofing material, you may have to replace sections of the roof, but a commercial roofing contractor will be able to tell you what is best in your situation.

Keeping the Heat In

While this is not necessarily part of the roof, there is another concern to address before the weather turns cold. Insulation between the roof and ceiling is critical in cold climates. If you are lacking the proper insulation in that space, the heat will escape through the roof, and this can affect your electricity bill, but more concerning is that this can melt the snow on the roof from underneath. The moisture will be trapped, and when temperatures drop, the water can refreeze and form ice dams that will not allow moisture to run off to the drains or gutters.The buildup of water or moisture can find its way in and under the roofing material, causing damage to the roof structure.

Talk to a company such as East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC. for more tips. 

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