Denver is no stranger to heavy snowfall and that wet powder can do serious damage to your commercial roofing system. Nothing is more annoying for business owners than having to schedule an appointment with their Denver roofers to address a leak in the middle of their workweek. Though all roofs are vulnerable to leaks and damage during the winter, flat commercial roofs are particularly at risk. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep your roof in good shape whether we get a dusting of snow or have a repeat of the 2003
blizzard that dumped almost three feet of snow over three days.
Pay Attention to the Weather Forecast
The best thing you can do is pay attention to the weather forecasts throughout the winter. As soon as a storm is predicted, do a quick inspection of your roof. Check the flashing for wear and tear, look for cracking in the material, and inspect the drainage points for clogs and debris. If you notice any damage, call your roofer as soon as possible. Fixing the damage before the storm is far easier and more affordable than fixing water damage after a slow snow melt.
Have Your HVAC System Tuned Up
Rooftop HVAC systems are convenient and efficient, but they can be damaged by high winds, heavy snow, and ice buildup. Routine tune-ups can help reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns and equipment leaks which could damage your business’s roof. Depending on how the unit is performing and the weather conditions it’s exposed to during the winter, you may want to schedule an inspection every three months. However, under normal weather conditions, you’ll likely be fine with a single late fall/early winter tune-up.
Sweep Heavy Snow Away
When snow builds up on the roof, it can weaken the protective sealant on the materials, leaving the underlayment and roof structure at risk for leaks and water damage. When it’s allowed to melt over a few weeks, that risk only increases. If you have easy access to the roof, consider removing the bulk of the snow whenever a heavy storm hits. Removing most of the powder off the roof will allow whatever’s left to melt quickly without soaking into the roofing materials. Just take care when using the shovel not to scrape the surface too hard. Doing so can damage the materials or make existing damage worse.
Have a Plan in Place
Winter weather can strike without warning and the best way to prevent extensive roof damage is to have a plan in place to take care of minor issues as soon as possible. At the first sign of a problem, make sure your management team knows who to contact to schedule an inspection. Remember, the faster damage is fixed, the less severe it will be.
Winter weather shouldn’t shut down your business. Let our experienced contractors take care of your roof before the damage is done. We’ll handle repairs quickly so you can focus on getting back to work without worrying about troublesome roof leaks and water damage. Contact us today
to schedule a pre-winter inspection.