Winter weather is here and as stated in our blog on November 15th, NOAA has predicted heavier than usual snowfall this year.
The following are a few tips to help protect your facility during the cold, harsh winter weather:
Perform a thorough inspection of the roof at the onset of winter. Pick a mild day, when the sun is shining and the wind is calm, and spend a few hours walking the entire roof surface.
Note the quantity and locations of roof equipment that could be concealed by snow and may need to be accessed quickly (i.e. roof drains, scuppers), identify all potential tripping hazards that would be concealed by snow (i.e. curbs, HVAC lines, etc.) You may want to take plenty of photographs as well.
Inspect your roof for signs of stress, particularly at slope transitions (i.e. flat roof to vertical penetration). During the fluctuating daily temperatures in the fall, building movement can wreak havoc on the roof system near expansion joints, equipment and pipe penetrations, as well as, parapet and bulkhead walls. Metal coping covers and edge termination details also experience a significant amount of movement and should be inspected for damage at all joints. Read the full article…