Roofing Suggestions So Your Roof is Ready for the Storm Season
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS SO YOU ARE READY FOR THE STORMY SEASON AHEAD
Spring showers bring…roof leaks? Not how you remember it? Well it's true and it is especially possible if you skip your spring roof inspection. Winter takes its toll on a roof. Freeze-thaw cycles, heavy snow loads and ice can really cause damage. Even if you live in a warm climate where cold weather damage isn't a worry, spring is a good time to have your roof inspected so you are ready for the stormy season ahead.
1. CLEAR DEBRIS
Clear the rooftop of any debris. For best results on flat single ply roofing membranes, use a stiff bristle broom and apply positive downward pressure when clearing accumulated dirt and leaf deposits around drains and scuppers.
2. TEARS, SPLITS, & PUNCTURES
Look for tears, splits and punctures in the roofing membrane and contact Nations Renovations as soon as possible to have them repaired. Always be sure to report roof leaks observed inside the building directly to the roof manufacturer if it is still under warranty.
3. SECURE EQUIPMENT
Verify that rooftop equipment is secure and won't become dislodged in high winds. Although high winds can occur during any month of the year, March through June is the official tornado season, so high winds are more likely during this time of year.
4. CLEAR BLOCKAGES
Clear any blockages from drains, downspouts or gutters.
5. CHECK FLASHINGS
Check metal counter flashing at roof-to-wall transitions, and around rooftop units, vents and skylights. Re-secure areas that are loose or have pulled away and re-seal as needed.
6. PONDING WATER
Look for standing water, also known as "ponding water." The National Roofing Contractors Association defines ponding water as water that remains 48 hours after a rainfall in conditions conducive to drying. Building owners and facility managers should monitor areas of persistent ponding water, as it may create slip hazards.
If you find damage, or if you want a more comprehensive inspection of your roof, contact Nations Renovations. Quickly addressing any issues can extend the life of your roof and prevent leaks, internal damage and interruptions in your business.