Friday, November 9th, 2018 by Robert Stiltner
Is your facility’s roof ready for winter? By now, hopefully, every section has had a thorough fall inspection. If not, there’s still some time to ensure clogged drains, scuppers and other issues are cleared and in good shape for the coming season.
Neglecting those issues, failing to correct defects and forgetting to winterize your roof before the snow starts piling up is a recipe for disaster, especially if your facility’s roof is nearing the end of its serviceable life. Well maintained roofs are not as prone to leaks and structural damage from snow loads, not to mention daily freeze/thaw cycles.
One of the biggest risks for premature roof failure comes from neglecting to find and repair existing deficiencies. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before winter. A little professional attention now will save a lot of money and headache down the road.
Single-ply membranes that are nearing the end of their useful life can be brittle, more prone to leaks and less sound all the way around. Heading into winter with an old, multi-patched membrane is a gamble. Applying a roof coating now could extend your roof’s life and help protect it from winter’s wrath. Coating can also be helpful for aging metal roofs.
Not all roofs qualify for coating, but if yours does, it can be a cost-effective method of protection. A roofing professional will inspect the roof, replace any wet insulation that might be present, and repair damaged flashing and other problems before applying a coating.
Coating the roof isn’t a project for a maintenance crew. Using an incompatible coating, or misapplying a product, can create more problems than it solves. A reputable roofing company with experience in applying high-quality coatings is essential for success. Curing time is a bit longer in cool weather but new technology permits the application of some types of coatings at low temperatures.