How To Protect Your Roof This Winter

  January 24, 2017

By Greg Zimmerman

We’re right smack dab in the dead of winter, but we’ve got you covered. This great 2016 article from our contributor Edis Oliver, an engineer and long-time roofing expert with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, provides some great advice on how to get your roof through the rest of the winter.

He reminds facility managers, especially now after a few snow and ice storms (and here in the Midwest, more than our share of winter rainstorms as well), to check overhanging trees and branches to make sure they’re not ready to break under the weight of recent precipitation.

Also, if you have a steep sloped roof, or sections of roof with a steep slope, be sure to check your snow guards to make sure they haven’t come loose. As well, if you’re really far north, make sure snow and ice haven’t backed up behind them to levels of dangerous weight.

Oliver also suggests limiting roof access only to those who absolutely must be on the roof during the winter. And even for those essential personnel, use extra caution. The roof will be slippery, icy, and wet. But now is the best time to make a mid-winter inspection to ensure all rooftop equipment is still securely fastened, and there are no obvious punctures or unsecured pieces of equipment.

Finally, if you haven’t recently, take a good look at your roofing warranty and be sure understand what is and isn’t covered. That way if something bad happens over the course of the rest of the winter, you’ll know the appropriate course of action.

This Quick Read was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, Editor of Building Operating Management,


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