As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough with the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas, a normally warm state, was caught totally off guard. One of the worst winter storms in decades went through the great state. Unfortunately, not only did it knock out electricity, but it even caused some loss of life.
It’s been a sobering reminder that bad weather isn’t just a mild inconvenience, especially if you don’t make preparations for it. Where northern states have the infrastructure to deal with snowstorms, Texas doesn’t, and that took its toll on people and buildings. Now, with spring arriving, it’s time to take stock and look at the things that need to be done.
While many home and business owners don’t necessarily do this, an excellent precaution to ensure a structurally sound roof is regular inspections. For example, a commercial roof should be examined by professionals with every significant change of season.
It’s always a good idea to have someone with a discerning eye inspect a roof for damage during the spring and the fall. This is especially important in the spring. Winter storms may sometimes damage a roof in ways that aren’t apparent until the weather warms up.
This is especially important in Texas. Many property owners don’t necessarily expect a roof to get piled on with snow for several days. While rain drains away as soon as it hits a surface, snow remains, sometimes melting then refreezing depending on the temperature changes.
This can lead to water getting in if ice forms in cracks, usually enlarging structural vulnerabilities in a roof. A moisture survey, such as checking a roof with infra-red instruments to gauge heat loss and poos insulation areas, can be crucial to finding places that winter storms may have damaged. Fixing these potential leaks now means less worry about leaks during summer rainstorms.
Drainage is another crucial aspect of proper roof maintenance. The best way to prevent water damage is not to give the water a chance to act, by getting rid of it as quickly as possible. Some roofs handle this through a gutter system if the roof is sloped; others do this through drains if the roof is flat.
Regardless of which system a commercial roof uses, keeping a drainage system in good condition is crucial. Gutters should be checked and, if necessary, cleared out of debris and detritus. Drains should have their grates inspected, and the actual drainage pipe should also be checked to ensure unobstructed flow. If there is leaf build-up or other debris, this should also be cleared up.
Taking a few prudent precautions as we arrive in the spring season can help keep a roof reliable and trouble-free during the summer months. If this is something you’re interested in, we can help. Contact Gulf Tex Roofing & Services, and we examine your commercial roof, address any minor issues before they become major ones, and keep you in the loop on matters that could severely impact your building in the future.