With record snowfalls and rain accumulation, it is more important than ever to know what is going on up on the roof. Facility managers are faced with a number of concerns from flooding to HVAC failures and yes even the potential of a roof collapse. Knowing what is happening on the roof can make all of the difference from easy service to roof failure to full collapse.
It is important to find strong partners that can provide service that keep roofs from gaining the weight of snow loads or high water levels. National Roofing Partners (NRP), a national network of commercial roofing contractors, is focused on working with facility managers to keep their buildings and tenants safe during winter weather. There are several important steps to keeping the roof safe, spanning from technology on the roof to winter maintenance to all important snow removal. Following are items that should be top of your list for maintaining a healthy weight for your roof.
- Winter Inspection – Inspecting the roof every year is critical. Identifying trouble areas along with wind, hail or water damage can save a roof from winter failure. Cleaning drains and removing debris from the roof is essential to keep water from accumulating on the roof or not draining. It has the same effect with snow melt which is even heavier on the roof. Getting roof inspections and maintenance before the harsh winter weather can save money, lives and headaches.
- Snow Removal – Work with your vendors to have an ongoing plan for quick snow removal in order to keep unnecessary weight off the roof. With many roof collapses noted in the news during the last couple of winters, facility managers realized that having strong relations with a national provider results in fast, efficient snow removal saving not only cost but public relation concerns.
- Monitoring – A key to keeping buildings safe during snow events is consistent monitoring. Having a program set-up ahead of time with a roofing company or network will assure that buildings will be in a pre-planned rotation for snow removal, drain cleaning and overall inspections. It is critical to keep drains clear before, during and after weather events to keep ponding water at a minimum. Standing water can cause ongoing issues not only structurally but for the long-term integrity of the roof.
- Technology on the Roof – There is a relatively new technology that monitors the roof for snow and water. It is the Roof Monitor™ system. This leading technology safeguards the roofs of commercial structures and the lives, investments and businesses that rely on them. It is a technology-based system designed to monitor live loads of water and snow on the roofs of low-sloped buildings and to inform businesses of potential risk. Be sure to ask for this important technology that can be installed anytime or with the next re-roof.
With the amount of rain and snow that is falling throughout the US, taking these preventative steps now will minimize roofing concerns for facility managers and building owners. Work with your vendors to create a strong winter plan for your buildings including the use of cutting edge technology. The ability to monitor the roof from the office for snow and water loads, minimizing weight gain, is not just financially responsible it is critical for building occupant safety.
About National Roofing Partners
National Roofing Partners (NRP) was founded with the mission of continually improving the facility management capabilities of its customers by analyzing existing roof conditions, recommending and providing high quality single-source roofing replacements and services with dedicated support. Building on the strong expertise of tier one commercial roofing contractors with over 120+ service locations and 8,000 employees nationwide, the network provides exceptional roofing and building envelope service and maintenance for customers. For more information, visit www.nationalroofingpartners.com.