Did you know that, depending on where you’re located in Minnesota, you can expect between 36 and 70 inches of snow and ice every year? That type of accumulation paired with strong winds and other winter weather can wreak havoc on your commercial roof. As the spring thaw begins, you’re likely to notice the common indicators of snow and ice damage to roofs. Continue reading to learn the signs that Old Man Winter may have won the round and the maintenance tips that ensure he doesn’t win the fight.
Melting snow is sure to find any vulnerabilities in a roof. This not only emphasizes the importance of snow removal, but also the need to keep your roof in top condition. Any loose metal roofing panels, punctured roof coatings, or degraded TPO, EPDM, or PVC materials can lead to roof leaks when the snow melts. If you notice water damage on interior walls or ceilings, contact a trusted leak detection expert to find the root of the problem and address it with spring roofing maintenance.
Not all snow and ice stays frozen throughout the season. If moisture seeps into open areas or collects on your roof, there’s a good chance you’re going to find mold and algae on the roof. While there are some do-it-yourself remedies to remove algae and mold, an experienced roofing professional can provide a more effective solution at a comparable price.
A cubic foot of snow weighs between 12 and 20 pounds on average. While that may not seem like a big deal on its own, consider it on top of a commercial roof. A 10,000-square-foot roof faces up to 100,000 pounds of added weight following a snowstorm. That weight can compromise your roof’s structural integrity and even lead to a collapse. If you spot a sagging section on your roof, contact a roofing company immediately to avoid a situation where emergency commercial roof repairs are required.
The same openings susceptible to roof leaks when snow melts can lead to rising energy costs and waste. If your energy bills are higher than average or it’s hard to regulate temperatures inside your facility, there’s a good chance there’s a roof problem.
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With the proper care and maintenance, the average lifespan of a commercial roofing system is 20 to 30 years. And because a roof is such a significant investment, you need to extend its service life as long as possible. Follow these spring roofing tips yearly if you want to get your money’s worth.
DIY roof inspections can detect obvious snow and ice damage to roofs, but without the trained eye of a professional, you could miss less noticeable indicators. It’s best to contact a licensed roofing professional for a comprehensive inspection to make sure your roof provides the protection you need. A professional can also quickly and efficiently fix or replace any damaged roofing shingles they come across during their inspection.
Removing branches, sticks, leaves, or any other dirt and debris is an easy way to handle some spring roofing maintenance yourself. Keeping your roofing system clear plays a critical role in avoiding punctures, clogs, and ponding water.
Using a pressure washer to spray down your roof is another way to keep it in optimal shape during spring roofing maintenance season. It’s also a great way to avoid mold and algae growth, as the warmer weather and sunshine can accelerate this growth.
Inadequate ventilation causes mold, ice damming, and several other issues. Most of these concerns stem from the roof when your AC system rests idly in the wintertime. During your roofing inspection, carefully examine the HVAC system to ensure nothing out of the ordinary will hinder its performance. Once your equipment is cleared for use, you can start whipping it into shape. Gradually condition your HVAC system to run at the optimal setting. Finally, make sure you pay special attention to your attic space. Take some time to look at its ventilation system so you can keep air circulating properly.
Show your roof a little TLRCC—that’s tender loving Rainville-Carlson care—with our spring roofing maintenance services. We offer customizable maintenance contracts that give your roof the care and attention it needs. Proper spring roofing services provide long-term cost savings, prolong the roof’s service life, and reduce the need for repairs. As part of Rainville-Carlson’s dedication to customer-first solutions, we make sure your roof is always protected and are happy to help you determine if your roof is still under warranty or qualifies for insurance coverage.
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