As the children watch Santa Tracker with Rudolph leading the sleigh, the roof of your office building may need maintenance to protect against damage during winter weather. You want to make sure that the maintenance gets done to avoid many of the common causes of winter roof damage, wear, and leaks. Here are some repairs and improvements to help deal with holiday roof repairs this year.
1. The Ice That Causes Damage to Roofs During Winter Weather
The snow that falls on your roof looks nice for the holidays, but it can also be the source of damage to shingles. As the ice melts during the day and refreezes at night, it causes ice dams to form. These ice dams are some of the most damaging winter weather phenomena that can happen to your roof. To ensure that ice dams do not lead to serious damage to your roof, you want to make sure that you have improvements to prevent them from forming and reinforced roofing where ice dams form the most.
2. Hoof and Shoe Damage to Shingles When on Roofs in Cold Weather
The hoofs of reindeer and the shoes you wear when doing maintenance and working on the roof can also do damage. To ensure you do not cause damage to brittle shingles in cold weather, wear soft-soled tennis shoes that are less likely to cause damage to the roof. When brittle shingles get torn or damaged from foot traffic on the roof, you will want to make sure that you replace them to prevent damage from getting any worse.
3. Winter Roof Wear and Leaks That Can Surface in The Spring Months
Winter roof wear can cause leaks that do not surface until the snow melts in spring and the rains come. Therefore, it is important to inspect your roof once the winter months pass to ensure that wear from the cold weather has not caused leaks. Often, the damage is small problems like a puncture in the shingles or other damage, which can be easily repaired by patching the damage.
4. Heavy Snow Loads That Cannot Support the Weight and Cause Hazards
One of the biggest dangers during the winter months is heavy snow loads, which can cause damage to the roof structure. This can cause serious problems, and if you work and live in an area with high annual snowfall, it can also cause a risk of the roof collapsing. This is why it is important to clear your roof of excess snowfall during the winter months to reduce risks and ensure your office building is safe.
These are some tips to help deal with the holiday roof repairs and maintenance that needs to be done during the holidays. If Santa's sleigh has left your roof with damage, contact a professional roofing company like Green Gable Roofing to help with repairs.