Three Ways to Prepare Your Flat Roof for Winter

Flat roofs allow you to maximize the space within your commercial property, but as they do not drain water as easily as sloped roofs do, they face a number of challenges during the winter, since it is easier for snow and ice to accumulate on them. Thankfully, there are a handful of things that you can do both before and after the snow has hit the ground to make sure that your flat roof stays in the best condition possible throughout the winter season.

Clean Out the Drains

The first and most important thing that you should do when checking the state of your flat commercial roof before the winter weather hits is clean out the drains that are located around the edge of your roof. Drains and channels will direct water safely away from the sides of your property, preventing water damage to the roofing material and to the interior at the same time. Remove any debris, like sticks or leaves, and pour a small amount of water down each drain to make sure that they are draining properly.

Inspect and Add Insulation

Another thing that you can do to make sure that your commercial roof is in good condition for when the snowstorms begin to hit is have your insulation inspected by a contractor. You want to make sure that your roof and attic, if you have one in your commercial building, are completely insulated on the inside. This prevents the heating system inside from melting all of the snow on your roof, which can lead to moisture damage, ice dams, and other forms of damage to your roof and property. Installing new insulation as necessary can save you money and headaches in the future.

Clear the Snow Off

After the temperature has dipped below freezing, an important part of maintaining your commercial roof is to regularly remove snow and ice as it accumulates. This is because heavy amounts of snow, especially wet snow, can be quite dense and can place a massive amount of strain on your roof's supports. Avoid using a metal shovel or tool when doing this; instead, make use of plastic shovels or brooms to push snow off of the edges (taking care that no one is underneath), since these tools do not have a sharp edge and as such will not cut or damage your roofing membrane or material underneath.

Contact a roofing company like Moriarty Roofing & Sheet Metal for more information about commercial roofing.