Damage to your roof from severe winter weather conditions is the last thing your business needs. Especially for flat roofs, it is important to take preventive measures before and during the winter season.
Preferably, preparations should begin 6 to 8 weeks before winter is in full swing. Here are some ways you can get started on preventing your roof from collapsing due to the elements.
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1. Keep gutters and gutters clear
One of the most important things you can do to prevent your roof from collapsing is to keep your gutters clean and your downspouts clean. Clogged gutters prevent snow and ice from melting properly, which can create large, heavy water basins on the roof surface. This can cause it to penetrate your roof and cause chaos on your roof, or it can freeze and cause ice ponds that can lead to further damage.
In the same way, it is important to not only make sure that the downspouts are properly clear, but that they are also the right size. For example, if your downspout is aimed directly at the ground, there is a good chance that snow and ice will build up and freeze over, causing clogging of the gutter. In addition, if the drain runs along the ground, it is equally important to keep the discharge area clear. This means that you should avoid stacking your shoveled snow near the drain pipes and often check them after winter storms.
2. Removing snow and ice often and correctly
Removing accumulated snow is crucial to prevent the roof from collapsing. It removes weight from the roof, prevents structural damage, shuts off water basins and prevents ice dusting. It is important to remove the snow properly. Do not go up on your roof and shovel the snow; the risks of falling and causing injuries are very high. We recommend that you hire a qualified professional contractor who has the right equipment, safety training and experience to handle this type of work. When hiring contractors, always make sure that they have the right insurance coverage in place by obtaining and reviewing their insurance certificates. Read our business contract blog or contact your Society Insurance agent for more information on this process.
In some cases, accumulated snow can be safely removed from the ground level. This can be done with a specially designed snow string for sloping roofs. A string of snow can remove accumulated snow from as far up the slope as the rake reaches, down to the eaves. This can be very effective in removing excess snow and preventing ice ponds at the eaves. It is important to know that careless or incorrect snow removal can damage the roofing material and do more harm than good, especially if the roof is single. Using anything other than a specially designed snow string can cause damage to the roofing material. It is also important to keep the balance in the roof construction so that the snow weight is evenly distributed.
3. Stay up to date
Although snow is usually the most direct cause of roof collapse, a well-designed and maintained roof should be able to easily withstand the elements. One of the biggest culprits in winter collapses is poor construction design, incorrect construction or misuse of materials when building the roof.
Have a building inspector inspect your roof well in advance of the winter preparation process so that any repairs or redesigns can be implemented first.
4. Be aware of common winter time collapses
The most common ways roofs collapse in winter are:
- Sloping roofs that cause freezing on the eaves, leading to ice ponds or spare parts under shingles
- Poor planning or incorrect construction
- An aged building or obsolete building codes
- Allows snow load to exceed roof capacity
- Snow drift conditions caused by wind
- Rain on top of snow, which then freezes
- Clogged gutters