Harsh winds, the stress of freeze-thaw cycles, and the weight of the snow can affect a roof’s structural integrity. Damage can range from a leak to a roof collapse – and it’s the last thing your agribusiness operation needs when winter weather conditions become severe.
Buildings may be more susceptible to damage due to the following:
Avoid possible problems by regularly inspecting, maintaining, and repairing your roof. Be aware of the following warning signs:
When problems are first spotted, take corrective action immediately. Damage that appears minor can quickly worsen when exposed to harsh winter weather. Further, bad weather can make it difficult to make needed repairs by preventing safe access to the roof.
Removing snow from your roof is good preventive maintenance to reduce the risk of building failure. However, use caution because the risk of injury or even death from clearing snow is very real. Nationwide, this winter activity is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year.
If snow is common in your area, inspect your roof to determine the maximum depth of snow your roof system can safely withstand. When snow accumulations reach half the maximum, remove the snow from your roof to prevent overloading.
Conduct regular roof inspections and maintenance and stay aware of snow accumulation on your roof to avoid potential problems. For additional safety resources and a comprehensive insurance review, contact AssuredPartners Agribusiness.
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