Can Your Roof Survive the Winter?
Have you ever left a can of soda pop in the freezer too long? It’s pretty disgusting!
Well, the same principles of expanding water and extensive damage apply to your leaky roof. Extreme temperatures in the Midwest cause severe and unpredictable winter storms. There is no way of knowing if this winter will bring another blizzard like in 2011 or a bitter cold ice storm like 2014. No matter how you look at it the winter weather is unpredictable and unforgiving to your roofing system.
Surprise weather may make for some dramatic pictures on the evening news, but for unprepared commercial building owners and managers these surprises can be costly. That is why it’s so important to make a “Winter Roof Survival Plan!”
3 Step Winter Roof Survival Plan
Step 1: Schedule a roof Inspection
Right now, is the perfect time to schedule a commercial roof inspection to prepare your roof for the coming winter months. You want to inspect your roof after the leaves have fallen and before the snow hits. It’s important to clear your roof of debris, so it doesn’t freeze to your roof, clog your drainage systems and cause costly damage to your roof membrane. The cold weather will already cause your membrane to become brittle and possibly crack. The last thing you need is a pool of water freezing and melting all winter long because of a few leaves stuck in your drain.
Speaking of cracks, do you remember the exploded soda can? If you roof has a crack or a hole in it water will seep in when the snow melts, and during the night when it freezes again it will expand and turn a minor problem into some serious roof damage! NIR’s trained professionals will inspect every aspect of your roof, checking for small tears and fixing leaks before the winter hits. This will save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs and extend the life of your roof!
We all love the way beautiful powdery snow sparkles in the morning sun while we’re sipping a hot cup of coffee. Until, we have to scrape it off our windshields, shovel it out of our driveways, and slip on the layers of snow left in the sidewalk, because our neighbor can’t be bothered to clear their part of the sidewalk!
Guess what, the same thing that happens to a sidewalk happens on top of your roof. Layers of unremoved snow melt in the sun and freeze into hard chunks of ice. This causes heavy layers of ice to pile up in drifts and damage your rooftop. NIR can quickly and safely remove that snow and ice for your, sparing your roof and your budget in the spring. It’s also important to note that even if you have a new roof you still want to schedule regular snow removals for the winter.
Step 3: Relax and Enjoy a Worry-Free Winter
Once you take the necessary steps to make sure your commercial flat roof is cared for during the winter, you can leave the rest to us! NIR has professional, friendly and knowledgeable roofers that will get the job done right every time!
NIR is available 24/7 for emergency services, so no matter what sort of winter weather we have you can be confident in your NIR Roof Care Plan®. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while we take care of your roof.