It is easy to take the roof of your building for granted. The roof is very strong and provides protection for all the people and things inside the building. It is easy to forget about taking care of the roof since you are typically inside the building and not on top of it. However, if the roof issues start becoming noticeable, it may already be too late and too expensive to repair. Depending on the season, the issues that your roof may face are different. Being proactive about roof protection can save you money and keep you safe throughout the year.
Predict Snow Load
Wintertime means there is a chance of heavy snowstorms. If the weight of the snow is too heavy for the roof to support, there could be catastrophic damage to your building resulting from a roof cave-in. With predictive monitoring technologies, you can get real-time data and notifications that tell you if your roof is in danger. It can also help you save money by determining when it is the best time for snow removal so you will not need to keep paying for unnecessary and frequent snow removal.
Prevent Sun Damage
Sun damage can cause warped, chipped, or faded shingles or other roofing materials. Protect your roof by sealing and coating it to preserve the material against harsh UV rays. Using reflective materials, such as PVC, or painting the roof white can keep the roof a cooler temperature.
Clean the Gutters
Roof gutters funnel water away from the roof and the building. If gutters are clogged, the water can get cause water damage on the roof or on the building itself. Water that falls off the roof can also erode the soil around the building’s foundation or damage the side of the building. Regularly clean the gutters and remove any leaves, debris, or tree branches to avoid these problems.
Get Regular Inspections
After heavy storms, take some time to walk the roof and visually inspect it yourself. Look for damage and missing roof tiles. It is also a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional at the beginning of the summer season. Sun damage is hard to assess if you are not an expert. An inspector can also help catch early signs of water damage before it gets too serious.
Roofs are essential in protecting the people who inhabit the building. Unfortunately, roofs are not immune to the impact of severe weather. Follow these tips and take proactive measurements to protect your roof.