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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!

Decorate for the Holidays without Causing Roof Damage

Ready to Razzle Dazzle Your Home for Christmas?

Follow these tips!

Try these tips for hanging your holiday lights to avoid roof damage.

If you’re filled with the holiday spirit, and ready to deck your halls and home with holiday lights or decor, just be sure to go about it safely. Not only could you hurt yourself in the process if you’re not careful, but you could also cause roof damage or other damage to your home or business. Try to keep the following things in mind while you do your decorating this holiday season.

1– Test Your Twinkle Lights

Before you do any climbing on ladders or stringing of lights and garland, check your twinkle lights first. These things are notorious for their fickle nature, and one loose bulb can mean your whole strand is out of commission. So work smart.

2– Safety First

Safety must be your top priority. Test your ladder before use to ensure it’s sturdy and tall enough for you to reach desired areas of your home or building. Secondly, never climb on wet roofing materials or roofs with steep pitches. An injury would surely put a damper on your holiday cheer!

3– Secure Your Lights with Hooks

Never use nails, tacks, or staples to hang your Christmas lights and decorations on your house or roof. These methods of securing your decorations can cause permanent and expensive roof damage, and can even damage siding and gutters. Use hooks to protect your roof!

4– Check the Voltage

Make sure you don’t decorate with larger light bulbs that are 7-volt or higher. These bulbs can potentially overheat and result in a fire. Then roof damage would be only one of many concerns.

Avoid roof damage by hanging your Christmas lights with care using these tips from Tennessee Roofing and Construction.

5– Clean Out the Gutters

Not only are overfull gutters unsightly, but they too can become a fire hazard. Dried leaves and debris too close to warm, glowing holiday lights could be a recipe for disaster. So keep it safe, friends. Clear the gutters while your up on that ladder anyway.

6– Use Outdoor Holiday Lights

Some twinkle lights are made specifically for outdoor use. If you’re decorating outdoors, make sure you are using the right style of lights made to withstand the weather and elements.

7– Remove Decorations Carefully

When the holidays are over, and it’s time to de-Christmas your home or business, make sure to exercise care. Don’t haphazardly yank or rip down decorations and strands of lights. This can cause roof damage. Take your time, and do it right/safely. A fancy holiday display isn’t worth causing expensive damage to your home or roofing system!

All that being said, our team at Tennessee Roofing and Construction wants to wish you the warmest and happiest of holiday seasons! Happy decorating. And if you need any roofing help, you know where to find us.

Protect Your Commercial Roof From Season Hazards

commercial roof debris removalAs summer becomes a distant memory and cooler weather sets in, our attention turns to fall roof prep. Here are a few reasons why you should protect your Chattanooga commercial roof and gutters from the changing seasons before winter weather sets in.

At Tennessee Roofing and Construction, we always recommend customers call us for routine inspections of your facility roof as well as periodic maintenance to make any necessary repairs before old man winter hits. Several factors can cause roof damage, but one major concern during this time of year are falling leaves. While colorful, autumn leaves are beautiful, they can wreak havoc on commercial roofing structures.

Commercial Roof Drain Buildup

How could leaves as light as a feather cause so much roof damage? Moisture. From rain and water drainage, wet leaves become a heavy mass that often clogs drains, blocks scuppers and invites mold, fungi and mildew to grow. If not properly removed, leaves can lead to back up, which increases the weight on the roof deck. Did you know that 1 inch of standing water weighs approximately 5 lbs. per inch, per square foot of roof surface assembly? Over time, even a small amount of standing water may damage the roofing membranes, reducing the life expectancy of your roof.

As cold weather approaches, areas of ponding may be at risk of leaks, as water freezes and expands. The additional weight of ice or snow can cause structural damage and expensive repairs, or even roof collapse in areas of poor drainage due to debris.

We recommend frequent checks and prompt debris-removal, necessary to prevent buildup or blockage. Drains and gutters should be cleared in the fall before below-freezing temperatures create frozen blockages from leaf debris.

Tennessee Commercial Roofing – Chattanooga TN

It takes a professional to recognize faulty sealants, flashings, mortar, seams and penetrations. At Tennessee Roofing and Construction, our customers receive quality work and peace of mind knowing your commercial roof is ready for winter. Give us a call today to learn more about services at 423-842-8826.

What Is a Green Roof?

green roof

We know roofs! From roof shingles, metal roofing, roof repair, commercial, and residential… you name it! But there is one roofing trend that hasgained recent attention and popularity in the US: green roofs. These roofing systems are not only green, but living too!

What Exactly is a Green Roof?

Along with environmentally friendly materials, an eco-roof involves growing plants on rooftops, such as a roof garden, in effort to restore the natural footprint that was previously removed during construction. While generally limited to flat rooftops, a green roof can be used on both commercial and residential rooftops. Commercial structures are often park-like for public recreation. One of the most famous American green rooftops is Chicago’s City Hall, which has launched an eco-movement of the urbanized concrete jungle.

Benefits of a Green Roof:

  • Increase the lifespan of your roof
  • Reduce energy costs with natural insulation
  • Avoid the need for complex drainage systems due to absorbed storm water
  • Mitigate water runoff and sewer overflows
  • Produce oxygen and provide shade
  • Recreational area for people and animals
  • Improves air quality and helps to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a condition in which metropolitan areas emit, absorb, and trap heat due to excess energy consumption.
  • Promote environmentalism while solving the problems of conventional roofs
  • Reduce energy consumption that contributes to global warming

 

Depending on region, climate, and irrigation, a variety of shrubs, grass, and vegetation can be planted to add life to an unwelcoming rooftop. These green roof systems not only make this space more efficient, but also beautiful and useful. But just like any roof, the layers of a green roof must properly accommodate for drainage to protect the structure using advanced waterproofing materials. One such material, Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO, has membranes that are resistant to high winds and hail damage, which improve long-term durability and weatherability.

Your Roofing Chattanooga Contractors

Our Residential and Commercial Roofing Chattanooga contractors offer advanced roofing solutions to problems that clients may have. TRC provides a quick response and cost effective pricing for repair and maintenance activities for our commercial, hospitality and industrial customers.

Tennessee Roofing & Construction provides roofing services in and around the Tennessee communities of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Dayton, Dunlap, Knoxville, South Pittsburg and Kimball. We also service Dalton and Trenton Georgia, and Bridgeport Alabama. Call us at (423) 842-8826 or contact us online for a free roofing and drainage consultation today!

5 Reasons to Call Us for Commercial Roofing in Chattanooga TN

  1. We offer a 2-year performance guarantee for all new roofing installations or roof leak repairs above and beyond the manufacturer’s warranty.
  2. Our skilled professionals roofers are licensed, bonded, and insured for $11 million per project.
  3. Our entire team is commercially trained and certified to meet OSHA and MASHA standards.
  4. Our service is available 24-hours, 7 days a week, to customers within a 250-mile radius of Chattanooga, TN.
  5. We care about building a quality experience and roof for your commercial company.

If you need additional reasons, check out our commercial roofing work that includes Chick-Fil-A, Bi-Lo, Northpark Memorial Hospital, and Fairfield Inn & Suites… just to name a few!

About Tennessee Roofing and Construction

Established in 1994, Tennessee Roofing and Construction is a certified installer of commercial roofing systems and products with a focus on commercial construction, hospitality, and industrial construction throughout Tennessee and Georgia.

Our roofing work includes structural steel, metal stairs & railings, metal buildings, as well as:

  • GENERAL CONTRACTING SERVICES
  • INDUSTRIAL ROOFING
  • COMMERCIAL ROOFING
  • RESIDENTIAL ROOFING

and MUCH MORE!

For more information about our commercial roofing in Chattanooga TN, we offer pre-construction consulting, as well as engineering and design services. Give us a call today at 423-842-8826 or contact us online to learn more!

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