How Freezing Temperatures Damage Commercial Roofs
Like a residential roof, a commercial roof requires regular maintenance. In this article, we will be discussing some of the different ways that a commercial roof can become damaged and what you can do about it.
The Freeze-Thaw Cycle
The first thing you need to think about when it comes to freezing temperatures and your commercial roof is standing water. If standing water was not bad enough for your roof by itself, when it freezes, it gets twice as bad! When water freezes, it expands, and if you have any small cracks in your roof where moisture has seeped into, the frozen water will cause those cracks to expand. This phenomenon is known as the dreaded freeze/thaw cycle. If that were not bad enough, if you do not find that leak, it will get worse over time from each rainfall and after each temperature drop! The freeze/thaw cycle is one reason why it is crucial to have your roof inspected by a commercial roof contractor.
Icicles and Ice Dams
If you notice icicles and ice dams, it can mean that you have poor insulation and ventilation in your building. It may mean that certain parts of your roof are warmer than others causing the snow to melt unevenly. If you suspect that this may be the case, call your commercial roof contractor for an inspection.
A major concern during the winter season is frozen and clogged drains. If a drain is full of snow and ice, it cannot properly drain the water and snow from your roof. This accumulation of snow, ice, and standing water lead us to the next issue, which is weight overload.
It is essential to be aware of the structural load that your roof can withstand. Failing to account for this is dangerous and can also cause property damage. When calculating how much weight your roof can withstand, make sure to consider any equipment stored on the roof as well.
Fear not. All hope is not lost. If you schedule an inspection and follow through with the recommended repairs from your commercial roof contractor, you can significantly mitigate your commercial roof’s exposure to the damages of freezing temperatures.
If you are looking for a reliable commercial roofing contractor in Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, or Oshkosh, WI, call ARC Contracting today. Leading our industry through serving homeowners and business owners in our communities while being accountable, reliable, and committed to excellence.