Winterizing & Preparing for Ice, Snow and Cold

Nov 30, 2020 | Roofing, Spouting

Is your roof ready for winter? By now, hopefully, every section has had a thorough fall inspection. If not, there’s still some time to ensure clogged drains, scuppers and other issues are cleared and in good shape for the coming season.

Neglecting those issues, failing to correct defects and forgetting to winterize your roof before the snow starts piling up is a recipe for disaster, especially if your facility’s roof is nearing the end of its serviceable life. Well-maintained roofs are not as prone to leaks and structural damage from snow loads, not to mention daily freeze/thaw cycles.

Risks Increase with Cold Temps

One of the biggest risks for premature roof failure comes from neglecting to find and repair existing deficiencies. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters, and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before winter. A little professional attention now will save a lot of money and headache down the road.

Roof Coating Protection

Single-ply membranes that are nearing the end of their useful life can be brittle, more prone to leaks, and less sound all the way around. Heading into winter with an old, multi-patched membrane is a gamble. Applying a roof coating now could extend your roof’s life and help protect it from winter’s wrath. Coating can also be helpful for aging metal roofs.

Not all roofs qualify for coating, but if yours does, it can be a cost-effective method of protection. A roofing professional will inspect the roof, replace any wet insulation that might be present, and repair damaged flashing and other problems before applying a coating.

Coating the roof isn’t a project for a maintenance crew. Using an incompatible coating or misapplying a product can create more problems than it solves. A reputable roofing company with experience in applying high-quality coatings is essential for success. Curing time is a bit longer in cool weather but new technology permits the application of some types of coatings at low temperatures.

What’s Your Snow Plan?

Excessive snow on the roof is a hazard, and in extreme cases, it can lead to roof collapse. Living in the north, your roof was designed to bear some additional snow load, but the best practice is to have heavy snows promptly removed. To prevent damage to the roof and reduce the risk of injury to homeowners, snow removal is best left to the pros.

An Ounce of Prevention

Your home is one of your largest investments, and its roof should protect that investment. At Greenawalt Roofing Company, we ensure that protection by using only the highest-quality asphalt shingles and underlayment. If you haven’t scheduled your pre-winter inspection yet – make the call today. Time is of the essence. Call us today!

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