As we change seasons, it is important to understand the impact that weather has on your building’s roof.
In the fall, your roof can get covered in leaves. Once the leaves fall, it is important that gutters and downspouts are free of debris and flowing properly. Additionally, if your area endured any significant storms, and you didn’t have your roof inspected after the storms, now is a good time. The inspection will identify damage and needed repairs, allowing you to get them fixed before winter.
Snow and ice threaten the health of your roof. When water forms to ice, it expands placing pressure on flashing and voids in the roof. It can also clog gutters, drains and downspouts, preventing water from flowing through the drainage system. Snow and ice can build up on certain areas of the roof, causing extra weight on the structure. Without snow dams on sloped roofs, snow and ice can slide off the roof potentially hurting someone.
As the threat of snow and ice decreases and spring begins, your roof should be inspected for any damage done in the harsh winter months. The spring is also a dangerous time for the roof because of numerous spring showers. This typically heavy rain can enter behind neglected metal components void of caulking resulting in leaks.
Summer is the perfect time to clean your roof. Dirt and debris darken the color of your roof, which promotes higher roof surface temperatures. White single ply sheets are highly reflective and minimize heat loads when clean.
The summer is also an appropriate time to have a roof evaluation which will help you understand the life expectancy of your roof. The evaluation will provide you with a written report that will outline any needed repairs or maintenance and establish an estimated roof life index (age expectancy). All the information gathered will support your budgeting and timing of future needs.
Even though your roof is out of sight; don’t let it be out of mind. Use the change of seasons as a guide to help you get the most out of your roof.