2 Things To Do To Make Sure The Snow Doesn't Damage Your Flat Roof

If your business has a flat roof and you have a lot of snow in your area, there is always the risk of the snow damaging your roof. Snow may look light, but if you've ever shoveled even the lightest, fluffiest, most powdery snow ever, you know that it is much heavier than it looks. The wetter the snow, the heavier, because it holds more moisture. That means your roof is going to hold a lot of weight, and unlike the peaked roof on your house, which can shed the snow, a flat roof has a hard time getting rid of it. So, what can you do to make sure that the snow doesn't cause damage to your roof?

Inspect It In The Fall

One thing you can do is to have your roof carefully checked out in the fall. You want to make sure that you hire a commercial roofing company to make sure that they know what they are doing and will know everything that they should look for. That can include any seams on your roof and that there aren't any soft spots where the weight of the snow can be more of a problem. Being proactive is the best defense, and making sure any problems are taken care of before they can be a problem is the smart thing to do. 

Clear It Off

Clearing off your roof may sound like more work than you really want to do, but it will be worth it, especially if you have had a lot of snow already and are expecting even more. There are various ways that you can do it, depending on your roof. For a smaller roof, you can get a push shovel that will let you just push the snow to the edge of the roof without having to pick up a lot of it. That gives you a much lower risk of any problems to your back or anything similar. If you don't have inside access to your roof and have to use a ladder, make sure that you have some help and that the ladder is on clear ground. For a larger roof, you can think about having a dedicated snowblower. If your roof is large enough, you could even have some kind of shelter built on your roof so that the snowblower is already up there, so all you have to do is climb out and blow the snow off. 

Flat roofs are especially at risk to damage from the snow, so you need to make sure that you do everything possible to make sure that your roof isn't one of the damaged roofs. Contact a commercial roofing service for more help.