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Winter Weather Tips

Posted on: December 13, 2018

Snow Loads

Roof-Snow-Load

  • Make sure the roof drains and scuppers on commercial buildings are clear and working properly.
  • Snow build-up needs to be removed, especially on older buildings that may not be constructed to the current code-required loads.
  • Use of snow rakes whenever possible, rather than climbing onto the roof, is a good way to safely deal with drifted snow on the roof. Be sure to stand off to one side of the area being cleared to avoid the falling snow.
  • Icicles on the eaves may be an indication of ice-damming on the roof. Ice damming occurs when snow melts above the heated portion of a structure and resulting water runs down to the unheated eaves and refreezes to form a thick layer of ice.  This ice dam can then cause snow melt water to backup under shingles or other roofing materials causing roof leaks.
  • Every effort should be made to clear the ice on the edges of the roof so that water damage does not occur. Snow and ice removal are low-cost methods to prevent damage to the structure of your homes and buildings.

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