How to Maintain a Flat Roof During the Winter

Flat roofs have been popular for use in commercial building construction for decades. Today they are becoming more of a trend in residential architecture as well for their sleek, modern design and economical price. This type of roof, characterized by a low to no-slope pitch, is easier to construct than typical sloped roofs and can also increase energy efficiency.

However, if you live in an area that receives snowfall, flat roofs come with a few extra considerations, as these roofs can cause extra issues when winter arrives. Flat roofs can be more susceptible to water leakage, and in extreme cases can even collapse under the weight of heavy snow or ice. Fortunately, however, you can keep your flat roof safe and well-maintained with these few simple tips.

Make Sure Your Roof is Waterproofed

Firstly, you’ll want to ensure that your flat roof has been properly waterproofed. Waterproof membranes act like a seal that stretches across your entire roof, and they are critical in avoiding damage from snow, rain, and ice.

These last 20-30 years, so you should always know when your roof’s waterproof membrane was installed so that you can have it replaced before it wears out. If your waterproof membrane is getting close to the end of its lifespan, flag it to your roofing professional during your annual roof inspection so they can take a closer look and make any necessary repairs.

Clean Out Your Gutters

It’s important to ensure that your home’s gutter system is cleared of debris, especially after the autumn months when trees shed their leaves. If you have a heavy leaf fall, it’s also a good idea to sweep your roof at the end of autumn, as piles of leaves anywhere on it could blow into your gutters later and cause a blockage. If gutters aren’t clear, rainwater or melted snow has nowhere to go and can pool on your roof or in the gutters, resulting in a leak.

You may want to consider installing gutter guards, which work like a mesh covering to keep leaves, sticks, and other debris out of your gutters and save you the hassle of cleaning them out altogether.

Get a Roof Inspection Annually

Getting a professional roof inspection is a necessary part of home maintenance, and should take place once a year, ideally at the end of summer. An inspection can help you become aware of and address small issues before they turn into major problems.

During an inspection, your roofing professional will inspect your roof’s overall quality and structural integrity to both give you peace of mind and also help you avoid costly issues down the road. They can also perform minor repairs on the spot, such as caulking and sealant repairs. Unified Roofing has over 22 years of experience providing Utah residents with professional roof inspection services.

Clear Snow Off Regularly

With a flat roof, it’s a good idea to keep heavy snow cleared off whenever possible. A good way to check if it’s time to clear the snow off your roof is to open and close all the doors in your home, both interior and exterior. If any of them pose more difficulty to open and close than usual, it may be an indication that the weight of the snow on your roof is compressing your home’s structure and changing the fit of the door frames.

If you have a one-story home, you can remove some snow from the sides of your roof using a snow rake or shovel. If that’s not possible, you’ll want to hire a professional as attempting to clear snow off yourself can be hazardous.

Roofing Services in Southern, Central, and Northern Utah

No matter what type of roof you have, the professional roofing team at Unified Roofing are the experts and can provide you with the services you need. Since its founding in 1998, Unified Roofing has been providing residential and commercial customers across the state of Utah with high quality roofing services that stand the test of time. We provide exceptional customer service and attention to detail on every roof that we install, repair, or replace. Contact us today to request more information or a free quote.