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3 Winter Weather Roof Hazards

Chattanooga commercial roof Winter Weather Roof HazardsWinter takes a toll on the roof, especially in harsh climates. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions can create problems that may lead to costly commercial roofing repairs, if not properly maintained. Here are 3 winter weather roof hazards to avoid:

Ice & Snow Buildup

While we may not get much snow down in the south, it has happened. Because most commercial roofing is not pitched, it can allow for the accumulation of rainwater, snow or snowmelt. The winter weather hazard for your commercial roof occurs in climates with below freezing temperatures. When temperatures drop, rainwater or snowmelt freezes and/or refreezes in a freeze thaw cycle, creating an ice dam. The result? The roof may hold a significant amount of weight from water ponding, if not properly drained. Ponding water can severely shorten the longevity of your commercial roof, as it can cause leaks and long-term structural damage.

Wind Damage

Because flat roofs aren’t completely flat (allowing for water run off), there is still a chance for wind damage, just as with any pitched roof. While commercial roofs are tolerable to windy conditions, excess winds can damage the roof, allowing moisture to get underneath roofing materials.

Is your Chattanooga commercial roof ready for winter? Here are three tips to get ready!

  • Identify leaks sooner than later – Snow and ice buildup can make finding and repairing leaks harder.
  • Schedule a roof inspection in Chattanooga – Following your detailed roof inspection, we will report any issues for repair.
  • Repair and prepare – Tennessee Roofing will repair penetrations, curbs, skylights, ducts, and flashings, as needed.

Our Tennessee Roofing professional will check for areas for loose seals, signs of standing water, water damage, or things like rusted flashing and metal fasteners. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are the leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before it’s too late. Neglecting to repair a damaged commercial roof this winter may lead to building damage, which can be dangerous and costly. Call Tennessee Roofing & Construction to repair and winterize your Chattanooga commercial roof today!

How to Hang Christmas Lights This Holiday Season To Avoid Damage to the Roof

hang-christmas-lights-avoid-damage-to-the-roof‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and glowing reindeer roof displays. While feeling merry and bright – pun intended – many of us this time of year get the seasonal urge to bust out the holiday boxes brimming with tangled lights just waiting to be unraveled. But first, let’s explore the critical steps prior to and during your holiday light installation, to avoid damage to the roof, keeping you and your housetop safe this Christmas.

Step 1: Gather essentials

Step 2: Measure thoroughly

Step 3: Evaluate structure

Step 4: Install cautiously

Step 5: Store properly

 

THE 3 DO’S BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

DO: Detangle Christmas lights before climbing onto the roof. It’s a simple step to avoid injury and save you unnecessary time spent on your roof.

DO: Use only outdoor rated extension cords. Outdoor cords have tough covers made from rubber, plastic or vinyl. Using indoor extension cords outside can lead to overheating.

DO: Test bulbs annually to check for outages before installing. It’s a much easier fix to locate the bad bulb while on the ground and before you spend hours putting them up.

 

HOW TO HANG HOLIDAY LIGHTS TO AVOID DAMAGE TO THE ROOF:

The best and safest way to hang your exterior illumination display this Christmas is to use light clips found at your local hardware or home improvement store. Designed for easy install and removal, these fixtures are affordable and professionally recommended to minimize damage to the roof – unlike other methods, such as nails or staples. When in doubt, never trust Clark Griswold when hanging your holiday lights!

While it may seem like the easy way to install your 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights, it can cause moisture leaks, leading to long-term damage reducing the lifespan of your roof. Tip: During installation, wear safe shoes, be sure each clip is sufficiently supported, and spend a limited amount of time walking on your shingles to avoid unnecessary damage to the roof. Attach string lights to clips on the ground, while carefully climbing the ladder, using one strand at a time. Remember, most lights are glass so avoid rough handling during install to prevent broken bulbs.

 

TIPS FOR REMOVAL

Once it’s time to put away the holiday cheer… until next year, carefully remove the lights and their clips, instead of pulling. If not done properly, it can cause major damage to the roof or attached structure. When storing, eliminate the headache and avoid untangling next year by wrapping each strand around a sturdy piece of cardboard, large power cord holder, or organizing with plastic zip ties. Until next time, be safe and have a happy holidays from your Chattanooga roofing company, Tennessee Roofing & Construction.

 

For all your roofing questions and needs, give us a call today at, (423) 842-8826.