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How Do You Know When to Patch, Repair, or Replace Your Commercial Roof?

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Commercial Roof Repair & Replacement

The simple answer is – when it leaks.  

Leaks indicate that your roof is compromised, that somewhere overhead there’s damage – a tear, a hole, a weakness, clogging, weathering, wear-and-tear. And while other indicators of roofing problems may be present, leaking – whether drips, seeps, stains, ponds, waterfalls, or mold (to name a few) – is a warning that should never be brushed off or ignored.  

Let’s look at some of the factors you need to consider in determining what to do. For purposes of this discussion, we’re focusing on the flat roofs found atop apartment buildings, big box stores, factories, offices, strip malls, warehouses, and similar commercial structures.  

Figuring Out What’s Wrong and Why 

This is not always as easy as it sounds. Although some causes are obvious, like a natural disaster punching holes in the roof or seams pulled apart by weathering and age, other problems are much tougher to find. Minute tears in the roof surface are a good example. These tears are difficult to see, but they let water get through. And water is sneaky; it can run under a ceiling or flow along a pipe until it shows up far from the point of penetration.  

The best advice is to consult with a qualified, experienced professional who understands everything about how and why roofs work. Applying expertise developed through years of experience, industry training, and local knowledge, he or she can pinpoint your issue and work with you to develop solutions. Sometimes a repair is as straightforward as freeing up a blocked drainage system or fixing flashing around a vent. In other instances, a roof is just plain worn out; aging is the single biggest reason a roof needs to be completely replaced.  

Determining the Type of Roofing Material  

Several materials are used on commercial structures, with single-ply membrane systems being the most common. These consist of a sheet of rubber or other synthetic substance secured to the roof frame and decking. Each of the three types of single-ply membrane roofs comes with pros and cons. 

  • EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing is a single-ply rubber material that’s versatile, lightweight, durable, and easy to install and maintain. Reflective of UV rays, flexible in colder temperatures, and resistant to leaks and punctures, EPDM saves on energy costs and lasts 25 to 30 years.   
  • TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) can be installed over almost any surface and is resistant to mold, hail, wind, fire, and air pollution. Reflecting heat makes TPO energy efficient. Life span is 15 to 20 years.  
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride) offers excellent energy efficiency throughout 20+ years. Made of multiple layers of PVC and polyester, PVC roofing is durable and flexible, especially in fluctuating climates and varying natural settings, as well as fire-resistant, recyclable, and eco-friendly.  

BTU or built-up roofing is another option; this tar-and-gravel concept has been around for 100 years. BTU consists of alternating layers of bitumen (asphalt) with ply sheets and is surfaced with gravel or stone. Installation can be time-consuming, although the sealed surface is waterproof, energy-saving, and good for 15 to more than 30 years. 

Decking is another important consideration that shouldn’t be overlooked. Decking can be wood, metal, or tectum composite; condition often can’t be determined until a job is underway. Repair or replacement may be needed because quality decking is just as important as good materials and solid workmanship to longevity and durability of your roof.  

Clearly, roofing gets very complicated, which is why sorting out options with a roofing professional is so important. The best choice for another building may not be appropriate for your structure, and you need to know why. Your roofing consultant can assist you in understanding every aspect of your project, including the investment required. 

Estimating the Cost

Repairing or replacing your roof is a big investment. How big depends on lots of factors in addition to the ones mentioned so far. Among them:  

  • Size of your building and what happens there. The heat and vibrations of a factory making trucks puts very different stresses on a roof than kids coming and going to elementary school, and roofing must take that into consideration.  
  • Accessibility of the rooftop. The taller the building, the more difficult getting workers and materials to and from the job site becomes. Difficulty costs.  
  • Number and types of penetrations. Openings and flashing for installation of ducts, drains, HVAC, chimneys, plumbing, skylights, and vents are part of building function and roofing plan. More openings mean more money.  
  • Building codes. State, regional, county, and city requirements for everything from fasteners and fire resistance, to weather durability, energy efficiency, and wildlife interactions, must pass inspection and meet code. The stricter the code, the higher the price of compliance.  
  • Protection and disruption. During construction, the people in your facility must be shielded from equipment, injury, noise, and odors. That may translate to lost production, which equates to cost.  

Anticipating use, expansion, remodeling, and other changes to the property 2, 12, 25 years out impacts the roofing decisions you make today. Plus, the cost of materials and labor continues to go up, so acting sooner rather than later may save you money in the long run.   

Thinking EUL

That’s estimated useful life … essentially, the bottom line.  

To protect your investment, the roofing solution must be appropriate to your situation and structure, taking every item mentioned here, and more, into account. Expert installation by experienced crew using top-quality materials is essential. Inferior workmanship can compromise warranties; be sure you know what your warranties cover and for how long. Stick to a schedule of regular inspection and maintenance – even the best roof won’t take care of itself.  

Patching, repairing, or replacing your commercial roof is a complex process with lots of variables. The goal is getting maximum useful life from your venture, making sure your roof lasts a long, successful time.  

How Snow & Ice Impact Your Roof

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How Snow & Ice Impact Your Commercial Roof

It is no mystery that certain weather conditions can destroy your commercial roof, and snow and ice are no exception. When you have a standard mechanically fastened roof with board insulation, warmed air from the inside of your building escapes through the cracks, holes, and seams. When the snow melts around those areas, here come the ice dams and leaky roofs.

Ice Dams

We all know that heat rises. The snow melts when the warm air rises to the roof. The snowmelt migrates to other parts of the roof, where it starts to freeze again, creating an ice buildup around the cracks and seams. It then forms a valley for water to sit and collect, and this water will eventually start leaking through the roof.

How to Prevent Damage

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF, or Spray Foam), or a silicone roof coating solution is an excellent way to combat the damage done by winter days. Not only will it insulate your commercial building, but it will also prevent your current roof, whatever the type, from succumbing to the harsh environment. Any existing holes and open seams will be filled, which will create a seamless air barrier to stop the snowmelt. If no warm air can escape, then there’s no snowmelt. Ice dams will not be able to form if there are no open seams, and leaks will become a thing of the past.

Energy & Cost Savings

Stopping air loss through the roof will reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. All in all, you will be giving your commercial roof a lifetime of snow and water damage and corrosion protection, which can make your energy bills go down. And imagine saving even more money by avoiding a costly roof tear-off. Keep the warm air inside of your building every winter!

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Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options

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Environmentally Friendly Roofing

Your commercial roof is exposed to harsh conditions like excess sunlight, heat, cold, rain, wind, and sometimes snow, sleet, and hail. If you’re lucky, your conventional roof will last you a good 20 years. When it comes to roofing, there are so many environmentally friendly options to choose from. If you’d like your roof to outlast traditional conventional roofing, consider an eco-friendly roof. In this blog, we’re going to outline the best options for your commercial building. Keep reading!

 

How Does Environmentally Friendly Roofing Benefit Your Commercial Building?

Environmentally friendly roofs come with several benefits for commercial building owners. The most appealing being the amount of money they can save. In addition, having an eco-friendly roof can help reduce your carbon footprint!  

A win-win for the environment and your wallet. 

Let’s talk about some roofing options to choose from.

 

1. Metal Roofing

One popular eco-friendly roofing material is metal, which can be made using recycled or new metal. Similar to other roofing materials, metal sheets have reflective properties which keep the sun’s rays away from the home. Metal roofs also have a longer life expectancy, making them a worthwhile investment. 

Remember, even though metal roofing is one of the most popular roofing options, it isn’t necessarily cheap! 

 

2. Silicone Roof Coating

Your roof protects you, so you should protect it with a spray foam or silicone roof coating. Prevent the issues that can cost thousands of dollars, intolerable working conditions, and an uncomfortable building. Roofing systems such as built-up roofing, elastomeric, weathered single-ply membranes, and mineral cap sheets, have many problems. From chalking, cracking, sagging, leaking, and splitting, the list goes on. 

A significant benefit of silicone roof coating is the ability to re-roof buildings without having to tear off the old roof.

 

3. Roof Restoration Solution

In addition to popular roofing options, our Roof Restoration Solution is another great eco-friendly roofing choice in which we recoat your current roof with spray foam insulation. With this method, we fill in gaps, seams, and sags with our spray foam insulation, depending on your individual building needs. By recoating and rebuilding, we’re eliminating both the cost associated with labor and the disposal fees. And of course, your carbon footprint is greatly reduced!  All of our spray foam solutions are environmentally friendly and do not contain ozone depletion potential (ODP) chemicals. There is zero Global Warming Potential (GWP), and these roof restoration solutions save on greenhouse gas emissions by not contributing to it at all.

 

Join the Battle to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

At Energy Shield, we care a whole lot about the environment and make every effort in our roofing systems to reduce our carbon footprint. With an Energy Shield roof restoration, you can join us in helping to reduce the environmental impact on our world, one roof at a time. 

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What Makes a Good Roofer?

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How to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor

Replacing your roof is a big decision––and one that you should not take lightly! After all, your roof is one of the most important parts of your home’s structure. You’ll need a roofing professional who knows the ins and outs of roofing, and knows how to efficiently get the job done. But how do you know what to look for?  

Since most people will only replace their roof once during their lifetime, it’s not common knowledge how to choose a good roofing contractor. Still, replacing your roof is a huge investment, so you need to make sure you know what to look for.  

In this blog, we’re going to help you figure out how to choose the right roofing contractor. Keep reading! 

 

Look for a Roofer With a Long-Term Tenure

Of course your first motive isn’t to hire a novice roofing professional. Why hire a roofing contractor that doesn’t have a long track record of doing high-quality work? In some instances, homeowners can fall victim to fly-by-night contractors––roofers who are notorious for disappearing to avoid paying damages or fixing unsolved issues. To avoid something like this, always work with a roofing company that is known for high-quality work and decades of experience. 

 

Pay Attention to Licensure and Insurance 

Without a doubt, roofing is a dangerous job, which is why we never recommend homeowners to handle it themselves. You need to have the right tools, materials, and safety equipment to ensure that the job is done efficiently and safely.  

A high-quality roofing professional will carry all required license and insurance for its workers and the jobs they’ll perform. Never work with a roofing company that refuses to, or is unable to provide license and insurance.  

 

Review Past Roofing Work 

Reviews are such a notable way to know if someone or something is right for you. Reputation is everything. If you want an unbiased, third-party review from people who have used a business in the past––Google it!  

Pay attention to specifics in reviews such as timeliness, punctuality, cost, and trustworthiness. What do other homeowners have to say about this roofing company? It pays to do your homework. 

 

Stay On Top of Documents  

Every part of your roofing installation process should be professionally documented. A reputable roofing company will walk you through the logistics and figures behind your roofing investment, as well as answer any questions you may have during the installation. 

As a professional roofing company, it is their job to make sure you have no questions during the process. No part of the agreement should leave you guessing. 

 

Have a Plan for Unplanned Repairs 

Unplanned repairs are generally more often the rule rather than the exception when it comes to home improvement. Naturally, as soon as you start banging down walls, or moving cabinets, there’s going to be more issues to address.  

Well, roof work is the same way! In some instances, the roofing crew may find that there’s water damage that needs to be repaired, or damaged decking within the structure. Whatever the damage may be, always make sure to discuss how your roofing contractor plans to handle damage, should it arise.

 

Finding a reputable roofing contractor doesn’t have to be hard! At Energy Shield, we know a thing or two about roofing, and have more than 30 years of experience under our belts. If you’re looking for a professional roofing company that will take care of your home, look no further. 

Contact us for more information! 

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How Storms & Bad Weather Impact Your Roof

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How Storms & Bad Weather Damage Your Roof

Inclement weather can cause serious damage to your roof. Even if your home structure is built to handle extreme weather conditions, your roof may still be harmed. A bad storm can damage your roof in several ways––from your roof tiles to the inside of your home. Keep reading to find out the ways bad weather can impact your roof.

Wind Damage

Homeowners are often surprised to hear that wind can cause such significant damage to their homes. Many people think that inclement weather such as tornadoes are the only things that can damage shingles or dismantle tiles––but that’s simply not the case.  

Though tornadoes can demolish home structures, high winds also pose a hazard to your property and surrounding areas. When high winds hit a roof, shingles can loosen or fall off. If the wind speeds get too high, they can damage even the newest, most secure shingles on your roof. 

Other things like fallen objects like debris and downed power lines can also cause structural damage to your roof. 

Heavy Rainfall

If thunderstorms are pretty common in your area, heavy rain can wear down your shingles and weigh down your roof. Damage left behind from a storm can result in lost shingles and moisture inside of the underlayment of your roof. Prolonged water damage can penetrate the roof deck and eventually damage the integrity of the roof.

Even a small roof leak can lead to extensive, irreparable damage to your roof. Any leak your roof has needs to be checked by a roofing professional ASAP.  

Stress From Fallen Trees 

Inclement weather such as high winds or heavy rain can cause trees to break apart and blow away––adding more stress to your structure. Sometimes these items can cause shingles to break apart, causing damage to the roof tiles. If something larger like a log falls on your roof, it may cause a dent and other serious kind of damage.  

Inclement weather can be extremely threatening to your roof and home. If bad weather strikes your area, always check your roof afterward. Any damages that your roof has sustained will need to be fixed immediately to prevent further damage and higher repair costs down the road. 

For more information about roofing repair, contact us today.

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Benefits of Having an Inspection to Assess Storm Damage

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Roof Damage Inspection Benefits

Storm season is upon us in the Midwest, which means storm-damaged roofs. If you’ve lived in Michigan in the summer, then you know what to expect: thunderstorms, strong winds, and sometimes inclement weather. There are a lot of reasons to have a professional roof inspection after your home sustains significant storm damage. Not only is professional roof inspection crucial to helping your home maintain its value, it’s also important for making sure that your home is still safe.

Here are a few benefits to having a professional roof inspector assess your home for storm damage.

 

1. Early Detection of Damages

If your home has sustained storm damage, you’ll likely notice broken, cracked, or missing shingles. Even if these damages aren’t noticeable upon first glance, over time, they can subtly deteriorate your roof. Since professional roof inspectors are trained to spot impairments in roofing, they will be able to notice mild damage, and make repairs before it becomes a major disaster.

 

2. Early Detection of Leaks

As a homeowner, you know roof leaks can spell real signs of trouble for your home. Even seemingly mild leaks can cause significant damage to your home’s structure, as excess moisture over time can lead to warped framing––putting your home at risk. In addition, leaks in your roof can lead to rot, mold, and a variety of health concerns. Professional inspectors know where to look for leaks––big or small––and can help you find the weak point in your roof.

 

3. Stability Analysis

In addition to roof inspection, professional roof inspectors can also provide an overall stability analysis and assess the need for future roof repairs. Keeping a close eye on the structural stability of your home is a great way to make sure that your home is secure and safe for your family.

 

4. Assistance With Insurance Claim

Has your home faced severe damage due to a storm? If so, you need to make an insurance claim and hire a professional roof inspector to help with proper damage assessment. A professional roof inspector can provide you with a detailed report which can help speed up the insurance claim process.

 

5. Prevention of Costly Repairs

As noted before, any damage to your roof needs to be assessed immediately to prevent further damage and costly repairs. The longer you allow your roof problems to slide, the worse it will be when you end up having to pay for a total roof replacement.

A professional roof inspector can quickly assess roofing problems and make repairs before they become a larger issue. For more information about commercial roofing, or to speak to one of our roofing professionals, contact us!

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Frequently Asked Questions About a New Roof

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Roofing Questions & Answers

As a homeowner, you probably understand that regular roof maintenance is the best way to maintain your roof’s integrity and lifespan. And while roof replacement is one of the best things you can do for your home––you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Lucky for you, Energy Shield is here with the answers you’re looking for. With more than 40 years of quality commercial roofing under our belts, we know the answers to your roofing questions.

 

1. When Do I Need a New Roof?

new roof is a big investment and not one you should postpone. Since your roof is an important structure for your home, failure to replace your roof can result in costly home repairs from leaky shingles to structural damage. Here are a few signs it might be time to replace your roof:

  • You have broken, curled, or otherwise missing shingles.
  • You notice signs of roof rot.
  • You notice blistered shingles.
  • There are wet spots on your ceiling, in the attic, or your crawl spaces.
  • You find water backup in your eaves.

If you’re worried about your roof’s condition, hire one of our professional roofers to inspect your roof thoroughly for damage. We’ll offer honest advice about when you should invest in a new roof.

 

2. Which Roofing Company Is Right for Me?

If you do choose to replace your roof, you need to find a reliable roofing contractor company to assist you in the process. A new roof isn’t a small investment; the right contractor will supply you with a new roof that will last for decades without issue.

Next, take time to do your research before hiring the first roofing professional you find. Online reviews can be a helpful tool to locate local roofing professionals in your area.

Lastly, investigate the company itself. Look for any accreditations, testimonials, or galleries that might shed light on the company’s expertise, customer service, and skill.

 

3. What Roofing Options Are Available?

So much work goes into roof replacement. One question we always get asked is, “what roofing options are available?” There are a variety of new roofs to choose from to complement any style of home. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can select your material, color, and style. We offer metal roofing, forged iron, traditional shingles, and more in a variety of stunning colors and style options. Whatever style you choose, our team will make sure all installations are to your satisfaction.

 

4. How Can I Protect My New Roof?

As mentioned before, replacing your roof is an expensive investment. Weather conditions such as snow, wind, rain, and even the sun can destroy your roof. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your roof, we recommend our silicone roof coating solution.

Our silicone roof coating solution can withstand even the harshest weather conditions and UV rays. They won’t succumb to inclement weather, will never break-down, crack, peel, or chalk. It can withstand permanent ponding water and is extremely resistant to damaging mold and mildew.

Don’t risk damaging your new roof.

 

5. How Can I Prepare for New Roof Installation?

There are a few small steps you can take for a smooth roof installation process. First, remove loose items from your walls and shelves in your home. Sometimes, hammering on the roof can cause enough vibration to make unsecured items fall.

Clear your driveway and areas around your home. With roof installation, there is a chance that roofing materials can fall into the driveway. If you can, try to leave room for your contractor’s vehicle to pull into the driveway. This will make the process go much faster, and your contractor will thank you for it!

Lastly, sit back and enjoy your new roof. The bulk of the work is up to us.

 

6. How Long Will My New Roof Last?

Your roof’s lifespan depends on two important factors: your contractor and roofing materials. Typically, 20 years is an acceptable lifespan for a new roof. However, depending on the level of maintenance, your roof can last a lot longer or not as long.

At Energy Shield, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality commercial roofing systems. Contact us for more information or to inquire about a new roof installation.

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

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Let’s be real, most of us don’t think twice about cleaning or even checking our roofs every season, unless, that is, we notice a leak. As convenient as it seems, putting off regular roof maintenance can decrease the lifespan of your roof.

Though winter feels like it will last forever––it won’t! This means you need to make a spring cleaning plan to ensure your roof lasts for seasons to come. Our roofing experts at Energy Shield are here to help with a spring roof maintenance checklist.

Clear Roof of Any Debris

Mold and mildew love wet, warm environments–––aka your roof. If your roof has a lot of debris on it, chances are, you have mold and mildew growing. If this is the case, your roof is at risk for damage. If you let the mold and mildew go for too long, you may have to replace your roof.

There are two ways you can go about removing roof debris. One is to rake off any loose debris by hand, and the other is to use a leaf blower. Brush away leaves, branches, and other debris accumulation, including debris in the gutters and downspouts as well as around the soffit and fascia.

If you cannot safely remove debris from your roof, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Wash Off Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew can be very hazardous for your health and the health of your roof. Always check for signs of mold or mildew during the spring. Signs of mold growth can include spots that look like soot or black, green, brown, or even white spots. It can also appear accompanied by a musty odor or water problems.

Always make sure to discuss your options with a professional right away.

Evaluate Your Roof for Loose or Damaged Shingles

Weather like snow and ice are harsh on our roof’s shingles. Harsh weather conditions can force shingles to curl, separate in some cases, and completely tear off. We recommend going through your roof once after inclement weather has passed to see if any of the shingles are damaged. If you notice a problem, try to fix them as soon as possible to prevent further damage from water.

Remove Fallen Branches ASAP

Tree branches that have fallen due to inclement weather can pose a danger to your roof’s shingles. If you notice small branches on your roof, try to remove them as soon as possible to prevent further damage. However, for larger branches, you may need the help of a professional. Leaving large branches on your roof can make holes in your roof’s shingles and ultimately lead to a leak in your home.

Declutter the Gutters

Rainwater should flow and drain properly through the gutters and downspout system. If water isn’t flowing as it should, backups and overflows will occur––leaving clogged, messy gutters. There is also a chance that granules and other materials from your roof have spilled from the surface and into your gutters. It’s no doubt that cleaning your gutters will be a time-consuming activity. But failure to do so can cause flooding in your home, water damage, damage to your driveway, and more.

Examine the Attic

Though your attic isn’t outside, it is connected to your roof. Therefore things like mold and mildew can grow out of plain sight. Check your ceiling and attic for signs of water damage or mold. If you see any peculiar staining or smell an odor, it’s wise to call a professional to take care of the problem.

A professional can quickly assess the problem and make repairs quickly before it gets worse. For more information about commercial roofing or to receive a free commercial roofing quote, contact us!

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How Snow and Ice Affect Your Roof

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Winter comes quickly in Michigan. For those of us who are familiar, this means roads covered in ice, slushy snow days, and long dark winter nights. From shoveling snow day after day to driving on icy roads, snow can put a lot of stress on homeowners. But it can also put a lot of stress on your roof. In this blog, we’ll outline exactly how snow and ice affect your roof.

Ice Dams Can Cause Leaks

Ice dams start small but quickly become a big problem. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of your roof and prevents snow from melting and draining off the roof. The water that backs up can leak into a home and damage walls, ceilings, insulation, and more. If ice dams form, they can cause extensive damage to your roof. 

Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Nothing can destroy the integrity of your commercial flat roof more than the constant expansion and contraction from repeated freezing, thawing, and refreezing. As mentioned in a previous blog, when snow melts on a flat roof, it can pond. While some of that water will drain as intended, the rest can refreeze. Freeze-thaw cycles can cause damage to the roof as water leaks into cracks and crevices. Keep in mind; excess water can seep into electrical units, causing considerable amounts of damage to HVAC and other units.

Roofing Blisters

When moisture or air becomes trapped under the roofing material, roof blisters form. Most roof blisters start quite small but grow bigger over time as more blisters accumulate. Add in more moisture, which leads to further blistering, and before you know it, you have leaks and, in extreme cases, structural damage. 

Additional Weight

Snow is a seemingly-weightless powder, but don’t let it fool you. Excess accumulation of snow on your roof spells trouble and can result in costly damages over time. While this extra weight won’t cause your roof to cave in at any given moment, it may be adding stress, which can affect your roof’s lifespan. Icicles formed on your gutters can also contribute to this excess weight.

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Try to Avoid DIY Snow Removal

Heavy snowfall can cause severe roof damage if not properly removed. However, you should avoid trying to remove snow on your own to avoid puncturing shingles or damaging your roof’s waterproof membrane.

Instead, contact your local roof professional contractor to do the job for you. Call Energy Shield for a free estimate.

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How to Safely Remove Snow From Your Flat Roof

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Despite how whimsical and magical snowfall can be on a cold winter morning, it can spell trouble for your commercial flat roof. During the winter months, it’s important for business owners to safely remove excess snow accumulation to prevent further damage or destruction of their flat roof.

Why Is Regular Snow Removal Important?

While it’s true, some moisture will evaporate from your roof, regular snow removal is essential to preserving the integrity and life of your commercial flat roof. Too much snow accumulation can lead to ponding water and bowing. When unnecessary weight is placed on the roof, it can lead to leaks, damage to the structure, and in worst-case scenarios, the total collapse of the roof.

In addition to damages caused by snow accumulation, commercial flat roofs can also experience free-thaw. When free-thaw occurs, snow melts on the roof and seeps into cracks and crevices. Over time, the water re-freezes and expands, severely damaging the roof structure.

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Follow these tips to protect the integrity of your roof from harsh winter weather.

  • Assess the Surrounding Area. Before you start the removal process, you will first want to assess the surrounding area. Remove any objects from around the building that could be damaged from falling snow and ice. If working in an area with heavy foot traffic, put out caution signs and cones to mark off areas where people shouldn’t walk. This will prevent unnecessary injuries.
  • Remove Excess Snow If Possible. After you safety-proof your area, you’ll want to grab a shovel and remove as much excess snow as possible. Find a reliable position on the roof that allows you to maneuver snow in an easy fashion. Use your shovel to evenly clear excess snow, without digging into the roof. This will help protect the outer layer of the roof from damage.
  • Use a Snow Rake to Remove Any Additional Snow. After you’ve removed excess snow accumulation from the roof, you will want to use a broom or a snow rake to remove any additional snow from the roof’s surface. Sweep the roof evenly to avoid one side of the roof holding more weight than the other. Again, avoid digging into the roof; this will prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Apply De-Icing Spray. If your roof has snow and ice accumulation, you might want to consider applying a de-icing spray to prevent future snow build-up on your roof. Always consult with a roofing professional before spraying a new product on your roof’s membrane.
  • Remove Debris From Gutters and Drain Spouts. In addition to clearing snow accumulation off of the surface of your commercial flat roof, it is also important to remove snow, ice build-up, and debris from gutters and drain spouts. As the snow melts, it will need to have a clear path to drain off of the roof to prevent ponding and leaks.

Signs Your Flat Roof Needs Immediate Attention

If you notice any of these signs, notify your roofing company ASAP:

  • Leaking
  • Extreme icicle formation on the roof
  • Broken ceiling tiles
  • Buckling walls or beams

The integrity of your roof is important, especially during harsh winter months. Our roofing professionals at Energy Shield have the combined knowledge and tools to help winter-proof your roof. Contact us today!