Flat roofs are popular in residential and commercial construction because they are energy-efficient, low-maintenance and aesthetically pleasing. They are easier to install than other forms of roofing. They do, however, have a reputation for developing fractures and leaks when exposed to external factors such as changing weather.
Heavy snowfall and ice provide additional issues for your roofing that must be addressed immediately by a professional roofer to avoid further damage to your property. With careful planning and upkeep, you can ensure your safety and the safety of your property during the winter.
The following are five recommendations to assist you in protecting your roof over the forthcoming winter season.
Waterproofing your roof is critical to preventing water damage. Waterproofing membranes are offered as a watertight sheet and typically last 20-30 years. Ask the builder or seller when the waterproof membrane was built or updated if you just bought a house. If it’s been a long time, get your roof inspected carefully.
Assuring Proper Roof Insulation
Buildings with flat roofs rarely have the same amount of attic space as those with sloped roofs. In the lack of that area, the building’s heat can warm the roof, melting snow. The ensuing water can re-freeze at the cold borders, causing ice dams. Proper insulation prevents indoor heat from warming the roof.
Regular Roof Inspections
The easiest approach to avoid problems or keep current ones from worsening is to get your roof inspected regularly. Find a roofing contractor with a solid safety record, insurance, and positive client ratings. A trained roofer can inspect your roofing membrane for damage, tears, and leaks, as well as the overall integrity of the structure. To keep your roof in good condition, you should have it inspected at least once a year
Clear Gutters and Downspouts
Flat roofs accumulate leaves and twigs. These can be blown into drains and clog them, impeding efficient water removal. When melting snow has nowhere to go, leaks might occur. So, before the winter season begins, get your entire roof washed clean.
Clear Away Snow
Clear big amounts of snow from your roof. Clear snow carefully to avoid damaging pipes or vents. Rather than going on the slick roof, use a snow rake. If snow loads grow too heavy to handle safely, call in a pro.
Make ARCH Exteriors, LLC your first call for all of your exterior home improvement projects, from roof replacement to door installation and everything in between. You can reach us at (301) 215-2343 to make an appointment. Alternatively, you may receive a free estimate right now by filling out our contact form.