How to Prepare Your Roof Before a Snow Storm

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When your local meteorologist calls for drastic change in temperatures and spring storms, you may find yourself thinking how this may affect your roof.

You do not want to be caught unprepared for the bad weather this spring, as damages can cost owners an average of $17,000. With the help of UB Commercial, here’s how you can prepare your roof for poor weather.

Clear off debris

Make sure that all leaves, twigs, and other debris is cleared off of your roof. Whenever it rains or snows, these will absorb water and begin to rot. The bacteria formed can decompose the material your roof is made of, leaving your roof weak and thin.

Depending on the height of your building and location, you may also find trash, clothing, or glass on top of your roof; none of which you want resting idle on your roof this winter! Whether you decide to tackle this on your own or hire someone else to, clearing off your business’ roof is an important first step of preparing for storms.

Analyze surrounding areas

If there are any large tree branches that may touch your roof when bowed down with by wind, trim them down ahead of time. You don’t want to spend time preparing your roof for the a storm just to have branches and sticks dumped on it from a battered down tree branch when you least expect it.

Wind can cause a debris to move, meaning that a cleared roof may be come dirty from a neighboring building. To try and combat this, make sure your neighboring companies are also preparing themselves for the spring storms and that you have a plan for removing debris that may accumulate near your business.

Repair damages ahead of time

It is important to check for damages prior to the first heavy rain of the season. Check that all gutters, drains, and other devices are in good condition and that there are no cracks or corrosion. It is especially important that your building will be able to drain well, and without obstruction.

If you find anything that is in a less-than-desirable condition, replace it early in order to prevent it from getting more damaged over time by moisture. While you may want to just wait until the end of the season to complete any repairs, this could mean the difference in fixing a small crack to repairing a large hole.

Regarding snow? Know your roof’s limits

Each roof is able to hold a different amount of snow or ice before problems start occurring. It is important to know what your building’s snow capacity is, so that you can keep an eye on it during the winter and prevent snow loading.

A general contractor or structural engineer can help determine what your building’s capacity for snow is. They may also be able to put you in contact with a reputable snow-removal company so you can plan ahead for eliminating build-up.

Even the most prepared business-owners still have potential to face loss, but it’s important that you plan for the winter and spring storms so that you can minimize it as much as possible. You don’t want to lose valuable time running your business to deal with repairing your roof. These tips may be the difference between having minimal damage to your roof and having to replace it, so give them a try today!

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