While ice storms are rare in some portions of the United States, they’re not impossible to occur anywhere. This means even those in the deep south regions can experience a freeze from time to time, and ice can find its way on your commercial roofing system. Ice and snow can be brutal to any portion of your property or building, but it’s the roof that often takes the majority of the abuse. This is where moisture will accumulate, where snowflakes will fall, and where you’re least likely to spot these damages until it’s too late.
There are a number of damages that can occur to your commercial roofing system due to ice and snow. Knowing a bit more about these damages can show you just how important it is that your roofing system remains strong and protected. If you suspect any damage may have occurred after an ice storm or freeze, the most important thing you can do is to call your professional commercial roofing contractor to assess your roof, find any damages, and have repairs done quickly.
Common Ice Related Commercial Roofing Damages
There are a number of winter damages that can occur due to ice and snow on your commercial roof. Some of the most common ice related commercial roofing damages are:
- Stressed roofing structure – Ice is heavy, and when a commercial roofing system is made to hold this heavy ice it’s put under a large amount of stress. The longer the ice is allowed to accumulate, the more stress your commercial roofing system will be under. As stress goes on, your commercial roof might be at risk of cracking or caving in. With enough stress, you could find yourself with a complete roofing system failure.
- Freezing and thawing – When a freeze or ice storm occurs, you can find ice on your roof one day that begins to melt during the next day. During the daytime as temperatures warm up, the ice will melt and turn to water, settling into the cracks and crevices that are found naturally on your roof and around its structures. Once the sun goes down, however, freezing temperatures will cause the water to turn to ice once again and this can cause damage to your roof. Repeated freezing and thawing can worsen cracks and open up spaces all around your commercial roofing system. These cracks and spaces can lead to leaks in a short span of time.
- Ice dams – Ice dams aren’t just damaging to your roofing system, they can also be dangerous. Ice will melt and as it melts it’ll drift to the edges of your roof, accumulating there after periods of repeated thawing, moving, and freezing. This can tear your gutters or flashing from your roof, and present danger to those on the ground below.
Keeping Your Roofing System Safe Throughout Winter
Winter can always come along with some unexpected weather, and we’re here to make sure your roofing system is prepared. If you’re looking to assess winter damage or have your roof inspected, call us at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services today.