Now is the Time to Schedule a Roof Inspection for Your Commercial Property
Schedule a Roof Inspection for Your Commercial Property
With the long-anticipated arrival of Spring comes the opportunity to schedule a roof inspection of your commercial building! Winters in the Northeast can become major threats for flat roof systems such as high winds, ice and snow and countless freeze/thaw cycles. Spring is the perfect time to identify any winter damage that may have occurred, as well as perform general maintenance/repairs to ensure a long lifespan for your commercial roof system!
Major Roofing Issues Caused by Winter Weather
Ice & Snow: Connecticut winters often involve multiple large snowstorms and below freezing temperatures, causing large surface areas of heavy snow and ice. This, accompanied with a flat roofing system, can put your roof past its maximum weight capacity and jeopardize the structural integrity of your building.
High Winds: High winds are a common cause of roof damage, especially in the winter months when existing issues may have been overlooked. The force of a strong wind has the potential to pull off the roofing system edge around the membrane and flashing, causing condensation and water to seep into cracks.
Freeze/Thaw Cycles: New England winters are notorious for drastic temperature changes within a small period of time. Snow/ice collections on a flat roofing system can become a major issue when repeated freeze and thaw cycles occur. Runoff from melted snow or ice can fill into existing cracks in a flat roofing system. Once the temperature begins to drop, the water freezes and expands around 9%, increasing the size of the initial crack. Over time, this can weaken the roofing structure and lead to extensive roof leaks.
Signs of Damage to Look for During an Inspection
- Loose seams, including edges and corners
- Damaged fasteners
- Bubbles, cracks or punctured roof membranes
- Loose flashing or seals around drains or venting systems
- Soft or spongy spots
- Clogged or damaged draining systems
- Signs of mold or algae
Enjoy the Peace of Mind from a Routine Inspection
It is safe practice for Commercial Building owners to schedule a routine inspection after the winter season to see how their roofing system fared over the last five or six months. Checking for winter damage and performing general maintenance will extend the lifespan of a roof system and save business owners from costs associated with major structural damage to their commercial buildings.