Winter is a gorgeous time of year in Texas. The world is calmer, the skies are clearer, and the holiday lights make the streets sparkle. Unfortunately, this time of year is not as kind to commercial roofs. Ice, the occasional snowstorm, and freezing temperatures can cause some major damage to your roof and even the interior of your building. Here are four of the most common ways the winter weather can affect your commercial roof.
1. Excess Weight
Winter often brings icy weather and freezes water already on the roof as the temperatures dip. The weight of the ice and potential snow adds more pressure than usual on your roof. This strain can harm the structural integrity of your roof, resulting in cracks.
Your roof isn’t the only thing that will be suffering from the effects of the added weight. Melted water can flow into your gutters and freeze overnight when temperatures drop. This can cause your gutter to clog, resulting in a back up of water. The ice and water can cause damage to your gutter, resulting in a leak or even unsightly dents.
2. Water Damage
Melting snow and ice leads to a lot of loose water. The continuous cycle of freezing and thawing can weaken seams and flashing, causing them to split and crack. This can cause leaks which causes water damage to the interior of your building and mold growth.
The Danger of Mold Growth
The growth of mold can cause adverse health effects for those who work in your building. Congestion, throat irritation, skin irritation, and coughing, which grow worse for those who have allergies or asthma, are just some of the dangerous consequences of mold growth.
3. Safety Hazards
Icicles can easily form from the eaves, soffits, and gutters of your roof. When they begin to thaw, they can break off and harm those who are walking underneath them. This places your potential clients/customers and even your employees at risk. It is important to clear icicles from your roof and any excess snow or ice to protect your customers and employees.
4. Thermal Shock
Though not as common as some of the other effects on this list, thermal shock can damage older roof systems. Thermal shock is caused by quickly changing temperatures, such as warmer temperatures during the day and freezing temperatures at night. Roofs, especially membrane roofs, are put under increased strain which damages their ability to expand and contract without weakening.
Protecting Your Commercial Roof
Winter weather is not kind to your commercial roof but there are steps that can be taken to protect your roof. Acme Roof Systems can help protect your roof by conducting regular inspections and routine maintenance on your commercial roof. Our expert roofers know the signs of a weakening roof and can help renovate or reinforce them to make sure they make it through the winter. Protect your employees and your investment by contacting Acme Roof Systems today!