Snow and ice are part of a normal winter experience in many parts of the United States. Whether you’re in the cold Northeast with frequent heavy snowstorms, or you’re in the south with the occasional deep freeze, you can never count out snow or ice during the winter months. For business property owners, there’s one more thing you’ll need to think about during these chilly snowy days – your roof. Snow and ice can do a great deal of harm to your commercial roof, and many property owners don’t realize this until it’s too late. Facing a roofing system failure in the winter months can be catastrophic for businesses of any industry, as you’re leaving your property susceptible to the abuses of cold winter air, moisture, and complete exposure to the elements.
Ice might be a natural occurrence during this time of the year, but that doesn’t mean your commercial roof is as prepared as you are. If you suspect ice damage has made its mark on your commercial roof, make sure to contact a professional commercial roofing professional straight away. Only a professional will be able to accurately and safely assess the damage, getting repairs underway quickly so your property can avoid further seasonal damage.
The Effect Of Ice
The effects of heavy ice on your commercial roof are numerous. Some of the most experienced roofing damages due to ice are:
- Excessive weight puts excess pressure on your roofing system – Simply put, snow and ice are heavy, and roofing systems aren’t made to hold this type of weight for long periods of time. The longer your roofing system is covered in ice or snow, the more likely it is to begin to buckle under the pressure. If your commercial roofing system has cracks, damages, or weak spots already, you could be at risk for a full roofing system collapse.
- Pooling water – In many cases, a snow or ice storm will be met with a strong sun early the following morning. When this strong sun hits the snow and ice it will begin to melt, and while this may take pressure off of your roofing system, it can lead to other issues. Pooling water can lead to leaks, algae growth, or other damages to your commercial roofing system.
- Broken ice – When ice melts it will often break off into sheets as the solid piece of ice breaks down. If your commercial roofing system has any sort of a slant, this can send large and dangerous sheets of ice careening downward toward the ground. This can damage the structures around your roof, damage your gutters, or cause serious injury should the sheet hit anyone below.
Have Your Roofing System Checked
After an ice or snow storm it’s important to have your roofing system thoroughly inspected for any damages that may be left behind. One large ice storm that leaves unseen damage, followed by another strong snow or ice storm, can be enough to cause catastrophic harm to your roof. If you’re looking for a winter roofing checkup, contact us at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services