As a vital component of your industrial or commercial roofing system It’s worth looking after your flashing. Flashing works to provide a seal against water by protecting the joints on your roof. Winter offers up a number of threats to your roof ranging from high winds, varying types of precipitation and extreme temperatures.
What are the main threats to your flashing this winter?
- Aging materials – As with everything, particularly when at the mercy of the elements, roofing materials wear down over time. If your flashing is in any way worn due to corrosion, thinning or cracking its integrity will be compromised. There are quick fixes available to cope with problems at least over the winter months but it’s always worth undertaking regular inspections to highlights any areas of potential weakness.
- High winds – Any areas of vulnerability are particularly susceptible to high winds in winter. Winter storms that bring heavy winds can loosen the flashing on your roof along with blowing debris up there. Debris is a big threat often creating tears in materials which can in turn lead to leads and further damage.
- Heavy snowfall – We’ve probably been relatively lucky in the UK in recent years regarding heavy and prolonged snowfall. However, that may only mean that we’re overdue. The weight of a heavy snowfall can seriously affect your flashing. The snow can pull flashing away if it drifts and when it melts can lead water to get trapped and form a kind of ice dam. These dams force water underneath the roofing system and can subsequently cause damage to the interior of your roof.
- Sealing issues – Winter winds will soon expose any frailties on your roof. Some sealants don’t work too well in colder weather so it’s important to check that your seals can cope with what is about to come their way. If the materials on your roof aren’t up to the job it can lead to costly damage during and after the winter months.
If you’re unsure about whether your industrial or commercial roofing system can stand the winter give us a call at All Seasons Industrial Roofing to arrange an inspection. Checking for potential problems now might just save you from a hefty repair bill on the other side of the season.