Protect Your Building Against Winter Weather Threats
Snow and ice removal maintains the integrity of building structure.
Heavy or repeated snow storms can create excessive stress on any structure. Extreme accumulation can result in a load that exceeds design capacity and may result in building damage or even collapse.
It’s wise to be proactive by selecting a professional builder who can assess current risks, recommend preventative solutions that minimize building risk, quickly respond and provide emergency service, and repair or replace a damaged roof and building. This due diligence will pay dividends throughout the building’s life.
Your builder can assess situations that may impact your building’s ability to withstand ordinary snow loads such as stepped elevations, ridges and valley conditions, roof top loads, parapets and below-eave canopies or overhangs. They will also assess any prior structural damage along with changes to the building site and structure modifications that encourage snow retention.
Your builder will recommend prevention solutions such as heat tapes in gutters and down spouts to keep them clear of ice and snow and facilitate melting run-off. Your builder will recommend a team of trusted subcontractors who follow best practices for removing roof top snow and ice build-up. They follow proper safety precautions, use the proper tools and are skilled at navigating the snow and ice removal process in a planned sequence. They are careful in removing snow and ice around ventilator bases, pipe flashing, rooftop unit supports, conduits, and avoid hitting any roof top attachments. They are aware of skylight panels that are not designed to support foot traffic loads.
If a roof is in danger of collapsing, the building should be immediately evacuated. Warning signs inside the building include deflection of purlins, popping of ceiling tiles in dropped ceilings, and unusual noises. In addition to managing the snow load removal, your builder will shore the purlins if necessary.
If a roof collapses, your builder will work with you and your insurance company relative to loss mitigation. They will help you to document the snow loads and resulting damage. After the snow is removed, the next step is to construct a temporary cover for weather protection and to begin clean-up and repair. Your builder will work with you to determine immediate repair needs along with the right longer term solution.
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