As a Central Ohio homeowner or building owner, you must understand how to protect your flat roof from snow damage, especially with the snow starting to fall and ice potentially backing up.
Snow & Ice are always an inconvenience to manage but especially when dealing with potential damage to your home or building it can create major problems! Unattended snow loads can lead to ice dams, water infiltration, and cause structural flaws.
Here are five tips to help you protect your roof during this winter season.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Roof
You should inspect your roof with the changing seasons, walking around your property looking out windows onto the roof and identifying any potential issues. As you transition into winter, you specifically want to check that gutters and drains are in working order, remove any leaves or other debris, and check the flashings for caulking flaws. A professional inspection is the most effective way to ensure that your roof is ready for winter.
2. Clear Gutters and Downspouts
While doing your annual fall cleanup, be sure to clean out all gutters and downspouts. If your home or commercial building has a flat roof should have at least one drain hub, preferably two. If you notice ponding water or backed up drains, contact your roofing company for assistance. If your drains are blocked with leaves, twigs, or other debris that can create leaks when melted snow turns to water and has nowhere to go. Blocked drains could also lead to more serious problems.
3. Clear Away Snow
Be proactive about clearing large amounts of snowfall from your roof. Take caution as you are clearing away snow so as not to damage any pipes or vents and always use a plastic shovel without a metal tip (as many snow shovels have now). Instead of climbing onto the potentially slippery roof, we recommend using a snow rake. If snow loads become too great for you to safely handle, call in a professional for assistance.
4. Waterproof Your Flat Roof
A great way to strengthen your roof’s defense against rain, ice, and snow is to waterproof it using waterproof membranes or adhesives. A fully integrated watertight roof system will last about 20+ years without much maintenance. Silicone Waterproofing Adhesive seals cracks, prevents leaks, protects the surface, and will help keep your roof structurally sound for a shorter period of time.
5. Make Sure Your Roof is Properly Insulated
An insulated attic space acts as a buffer between the heat inside of a home or building and the roof. Flat roofs do not offer the same attic space as a sloped roof. Without proper insulation, the indoor heat can cause the snow on your roof to melt and in many instances the melted snow has no place to go if a drain is clogged….except to find its way into the property through a seam & cause a leak. Protect your flat roof from excess damage by making sure it is properly insulated before winter hits.
Your trusted local, professional roofing contractor in Columbus Ohio is here to give your home the BEST!
Are you concerned about your roof getting through this winter? We don’t take the responsibility of working on your home or business lightly, we invite you to trust Best Exteriors, Inc. for residential and commercial roofing & gutter services. Give us a call at (614) 964-BEST or toll free 1-844-865-BEST You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation!