Best Practices For Winterizing Your Roof
The 2013-2014 winter in the US went on record as one of the harshest in the last century. Many of the northern states experienced record snowfall and roofers can attest to the effects the cold, wet weather had on roof tops. The older bitumen based roofing systems seemed to get the brunt of the damage. Now with another winter upon us it is an ideal time for property managers and homeowners to have their roofs winterized.
All buildings need to properly maintain their roof regardless of the time of year to protect it from rain, hail, wind and snow. Best practices to eliminate possible roofing problems through the winter months is to have the roof inspected and repairs completed before the winter months.
Begin with a thorough inspection to understand the current condition, identify potential problems and fix them before they can turn into major problems. Industry experts suggest two roof inspections per year for business properties and once per year for residential properties.
Business properties should be inspected in the spring after the harsh winter months and again in the fall before the winter months. Residential properties should be inspected before the winter months or after severe weather conditions.
All roofing systems are made up of similar components. The structural deck, a layer of insulation, a membrane, surfacing, flashings and terminations. All of these components work together making your roof a functional system that will protect the structure from the outside elements. If one of these components were to fail it will not necessarily cause the whole system to fail but each component should be inspected to prevent weaknesses in the overall system.
Severe weather conditions with fluctuating temperatures can damage the roofing system. A roof inspector should look for defects in the membrane like holes, blistering and splitting seams.
Inspect the roof flashing for openings, splits and material deterioration. 80% of all roofing system leaks occur at the flashing. Many flashing defects happen at the seam or where the flashing has buckled. Replace or repair flashing as needed.
If you are not familiar with what to look for it is wise to call a Memphis roofer to come out and take a look at your roof. Property managers should schedule an appointment and if possible walk the roof with your roofer to learn more about what to look for.