Guide to Removing Snow from Commercial Flat Roofs

Roofs have to withstand a lot of harsh weather conditions during the colder months, including rain, wind, lightning and even snow. Commercial buildings often have large flat roofs which are great in terms of access, but this isn’t so good when it comes to collecting snow.

Here are some of the best ways to remove snow from commercial flat roofs.

Why Remove Snow from Your Roof?

Many businesses choose to leave snow on their roof, but it’s vital to monitor how much it’s accumulating and consider the issues which can arise from not taking any action. The integrity of the roof is paramount to safety, and as a business, you should think about the costs of any damages incurred. Problems can occur for a variety of reasons, including the weight of the snow, ice expanding within existing cracks and water ingress when it melts, causing leaks or water damage to both the inside and outside of your building.

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How to Remove Snow from a Flat Roof

Safety should always be the number one priority when sorting any roofing issues yourself. While commercial flat roofs are often easier and safer to access than residential roofs, it’s important to be extra careful, especially if it’s icy. Start by assessing the surrounding area and put out warning signs for others if there are places to avoid walking. The easiest way to remove the snow is to use a shovel and broom, but be careful not to damage any of the roofing material. Be aware of where you are removing the snow to and whether the roof can withstand a pile-up – in an ideal world, the snow will be completely removed. You should then protect your roof from any further build-ups using a de-icing spray but consult with a professional roofer if you’re unsure of the compatibility with your roofing material.

Ensure Your Roof Hasn’t Been Damaged by Snow

After the extreme weather settles down, ask a roofer to perform an inspection to ensure no further damage has occurred. Issues they’ll spot include displaced tiles, cracks forming or even problems caused by water pooling. You should also ask for a roofing inspection before any snow falls, making sure your commercial roof is in the best condition possible to withstand a flurry. This includes looking at your guttering where snow, ice and other debris can compact, preventing water from having a clear path to adequately drain from your roof. Schedule regular roof maintenance to avoid major problems caused by harsh weather conditions. An expert roofer will also provide an array of high quality options for waterproofing your roof.

Need roofing assistance this Winter?

Here at South Thames Roofing, we offer a wide range of roofing solutions from expert repairs and replacements to roofing maintenance services across Surrey and London. So whether you’re looking to book a commercial roof inspection in Egham or Banstead, or you think you need some roofing repairs at your business in Thames Ditton or Oxshott, we’re here to help.

Contact our team to speak to a roofer about your requirements and receive a free quotation now.

January 27th, 2019|

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