Temperatures in cold weather and metal roofs-Questions and Answers
The cold is upon us and with the long winter months come, come many questions and concerns about the metal roofs of a person.
For those of us who reside in a northern state where we receive a substantial snow during the winter months, a common issue, can you clear your roof of snow dams or ice? The commercial roofing company, roof thermal-Tec agrees with NRCA when they say that the owners of roof should not attempt to remove ice and snow from their roofs metal. We do not recommend not the owners of buildings to try to remove ice and snow from their roofs for several reasons. The biggest concern for security reasons. Only experienced consultants must perform roofing work on roofs. Second, it is very easy to a metal roof damage with a shovel to remove snow. Most contractors roof will not cover repairs to the roof if the roofing and gutters are damaged due to owners try to remove ice and snow themselves. Try to remove ice and snow from your roof you may end up costing you more money than having a roofing company out. Third, building owners, many "roof rakes" – rakes customized with extra long handles for removing snow from roofs while standing on the ground. A roof rake can not reach so far, reaching only the snow from lower sections of a roof system. The snow stays which is not accessible with a roof rake can potentially cause a secondary ice dam on your roof. Most companies Roof does not install a protective barrier membranes of ice over 24 to 36 inches beyond the roof / wall intersection. Areas where there are dams secondary ice formation probably notice a leaky roof.
If you are a property owner who has experienced problems with ice dams, there are several solutions available. The accumulation of ice is best addressed in your systems roof is still in its design or construction. If this is not a viable option, here are some ways to prevent the construction of dams ice. Prevent ice dams can be as easy as ventilate your attic and installing additional insulation to your attic floor. proper ventilation your attic will help keep attic temperatures lower and reduce ice dams. Second, if you live in a region where the average January temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, NRCA recommends that you have a commercial roofing specialist and install a protective barrier membrane-ice cover. Even with a barrage of protection to the membrane of the ice, the owners buildings must always ensure that their attic is properly ventilated and insulated to prevent your roof commercial company and to carry out any roof repair needs because of leaks in the roof. Gutters are the most common place for ice dams are forming. Removing gutters, if possible can reduce the possibility of accumulation ice. If the removal of gutters is not an option, gutters and downspouts should be cleared of all debris before winter. As a final point, NRCA does not recommend the installation of electric heating cables because of the potential drawbacks. electric cables heat not only cause a security problem, but they can also damage the roofing. Some electrical wires heat even require exposed fasteners that penetrate the roof with the possibility of a leak in the roof future.
Another common question is, can asphalt shingles can be installed in temperatures in cold weather? NRCA said there no temperature limit stop, but they offer some suggestions. As temperatures drop, fiberglass and organic asphalt shingles become increasingly fragile. Shingles are prone to cracking during installation, if it's cold outside. Because the shingles become brittle in cold winter it is also important to be careful when nailing the shingles. Nails tend to break the shingle at low temperature. Lastly, asphalt shingles Most are self-sealing adhesive strips used to increase wind resistance shingles. The adhesive is thermally activated by exposure sunlight or high temperatures and lower temperatures can interfere with proper adhesion of self-sealing strips. An alternative to self-sealing strips is manual sealing shingles that can be used with asphalt Flashing cement roof.
A final recommendation of the NRCA, do not use road salt. Deicing salts are corrosive and can eat up system roofing, gutters, downspouts and whatever may be in the field below. Contact a business roofing specialist for any question
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Thermal-Tec Roofing is a leading Midwest Commercial Roofing Contractor, Asphalt Roofing and Industrial Roofing Company that provides our MR Multi-Ply® Roof System to commercial roofs and industrial roofs throughout the Midwest including; Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Alabama and all other Midwest states and cities. Our award winning Roofing Company has been successfully maintaining roofs, repairing roofs and installing commercial and industrial roofs since 1983 and has grown to having offices in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Visit our Commercial Roofing Website here.
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