While some states get more snow then others, it's always best to have a snow removal plan in place for the roof of your commercial building. Here are three good reasons to remove snow from your roof.
1. You Can Reduce Your Chances of Structural Damage
Even though snow on the roof may make your commercial building look pretty, you will still want to remove it. The main reason being is that snow can get heavy and having too much snow on your roof can increase your chances of weakening the internal structure of your roof.
If you're trying to figure out exactly how much weight is on your roof, here is a good calculation to keep in mind. One inch of snow on the roof equals about one pound per square foot. This means if your roof measures 1,000 square feet, you have about 3,000 pounds of snow on your roof. It's important to note that the wetter the snow, the heavier it will be. This much weight is bound to cause structural damage, so it's a good idea to remove it from your roof.
2. You Can Reduce the Possibility of a Roof Collapse
Did you know that snow is what caused the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota to collapse in 2010? Of course, it took a lot of snow for that to happen, but it is something that does happen. Besides just weakening the internal structure of your roof, snow could cause it to collapse. The chances of your roof collapsing increases if any of the following are true:
- Your roof is poorly designed
- Your roof has not been well-maintained
- The structure was built during a time that lacked certain building code requirements
Some roof designs can also be more likely to collapse than others. For example, if you have a flat roof instead of an angled or slanted roof, it might be more prone to collapsing.
3. You Can Reduce Gutter Damage
A buildup of snow and ice also has the potential to cause some damage to your gutters. In fact, too much weight can cause the gutter to break away from your roof. Besides removing snow from your roof, you'll want to ensure your gutters get cleared of snow and ice as well.
Snow removal from a roof can be a dangerous job, so when it comes to commercial roofing, you'll want to have a professional do the job for you.