Top 5 Roof Problems Caused by Winter Weather & How You Can Protect It

In our last article, we focused on things you can do to prepare your commercial roof for harsh, winter weather, which can pose several serious and potentially costly problems. Now we want to share the top five issues caused by winter weather so you can be aware of the dangers and take proactive steps to protect your property from damage so you can have peace of mind when the winter wind starts howling.

Here are the top five issues that can be caused by winter weather:

1. Snow Build-Up

Snow can accumulate on a flat roof, adding significant weight and stress to the structure. If the snow is not promptly removed, it can lead to roof damage or collapse.

2. Ice Dams

Ice dams form when snow on the roof melts and re-freezes at the edges, creating a barrier that prevents proper drainage. This can lead to water backing up under the roof membrane, causing leaks and damage to the roofing system.

3. Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Fluctuations in temperature during the winter can cause freeze-thaw cycles. When water penetrates small cracks or gaps in the roof, it can freeze and expand, causing further damage to the roofing materials.

4. Roof Leaks

Melting snow and ice can lead to water infiltration if the roof is not properly sealed or maintained. This can result in interior damage, including water stains, mold growth, and compromised insulation.

5. Condensation

Cold temperatures on the exterior of the roof and warm, humid air inside the building can create condensation issues. Condensation can accumulate within the roof structure, leading to problems like rot, corrosion, and reduced insulation effectiveness.

To mitigate these problems, it is essential to have a proactive winter maintenance plan for your flat commercial roof. This plan should include:

• Regular inspections

• Snow and ice removal

• Adequate insulation

• Proper drainage systems to prevent these winter weather-related issues.

Winter is hard on your roof. ASI can help you save time, money, and frustration, while protecting your property. Contact ASI today or call 614-873-2057 to schedule your commercial roof inspection and/or maintenance program.