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Category: Service & Maintenance Tips (Page 3 of 3)

Where to look: Protection from the Top: The Importance of Commercial Roof Cover Maintenance and Repair

The roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense from natural hazards
such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat. It is also the most
vulnerable part of your building. Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and
other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the
risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it. click

How to Prevent: Products that can help manage the winter elements.


University of Michigan Crisler Arena

  • Snow Guards: Snow guards are rooftop devices that allow snow and ice to drop off in small amounts or melt completely before falling to the ground.
  • Heat Tape: Installing heat tape on a roof is a tool to prevent ice and snow from building up on the roof impeding drainage through the gutter system and causing leaks in the roofing materials.
  • Snow Fence:The intent of roof snow fences is to hold snow on the roof, preventing snow from sliding off and causing damage or injury.

What’s Smart: Making sure you clean your roof to prevent damage from winter ice


IBHS does not recommend chipping or breaking ice dams due to the damage that can be inflicted on the roof. If you are not physically capable of going onto the roof or are unable to easily reach the roof, consult a roofing professional.

For low slope roofs or flat roofs:

  • Removing the snow will remove the source of a potential ice dam.
  • Use a heavy duty push broom with stiff bristles to brush off the snow on low slope or flat roofs.
  • A shovel or snow blower should not be used since they may tear up the roof cover system.

For steep slope roofs:

  • Removing the snow will remove the source of a potential ice dam.
  • A roof rake may be used for most single story buildings while remaining on the ground to pull snow down the roof slope.
  • Do not pull snow back against the slope or sideways since the snow may get underneath the cover and can break shingles.
© 2012 Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety dams.

Why Green Roofs Can Benefit Your Facility

For a facilty, green roofing can increase the longevity of the roof membrane along with lowering energy costs. One of the nicest benefits is the value it can add with amenity and aesthetics. It is not only the facility that benefits from green sustainable roofing. Grren roofing also contributes to the surrounding area in ways such as stormwater management, reducing the urban heat island effect, and the attraction of insects and birds which can create a balance in the ecosystems of urban areas.


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