Commercial Roof Snow Removal
During the winter months, weather conditions like snow and ice present a special challenge for roofs, and it is critical that roof snow removal occurs in a timely manner. Snow and ice accumulation poses a great risk to your roof, and it’s important to secure proper ice and snow removal from a reputable St. Louis roofing company, like Kirberg.
How Much Snow is Too Much?
Each roof is built to withstand a certain amount of weight. Snow can be measured and assessed to determine whether or not it exceeds your roof’s weight capacity, and when it does, it is important to remove the snow immediately. Roofs can (and do) cave in with no warning signs.
Even when snow or ice accumulation does not exceed your roof’s weight capacity, drifting and wind can cause unanticipated roof failures or leaks. Furthermore, snow and ice melt-off can freeze and block drainage systems.
The Snow Removal Process
When the time comes to remove excess snow or ice from your roof, it must be removed by hand, in a checkerboard pattern, to avoid instability in the roof. Snow removal equipment designed to use on the ground, such as snow blowers, power brooms, and ordinary snow shovels, can cause damage to your roof, along with skylights and buried gas lines, and you should never use a pick or axe to chop ice.
Workers must take proper care to ensure that the roof is not damaged, and careless or inexperienced contractors can oftentimes do more harm to your roof than good.
Kirberg's Snow Removal Service
Kirberg provides snow removal services in St. Louis, and throughout the Midwest for buildings both large and small. If your building is located in a busy part of town, Kirberg can provide and install snow guards to prevent heavy snow and ice from hitting passersby.
For an example of our service, consider the work our team did after a snowstorm came through the Midwest in late February of 2013. One of our clients, a large national retailer, has distribution centers in two of the hardest hit areas in Missouri — Kansas City and Columbia. They reached out to us, and we dispatched about 50 men to each location to shovel more than 16 acres of snow off their roofs. By doing so in a timely manner, we helped our client to prevent damage, instability, and safety hazards.
As a preventive measure, it is good to have a yearly assessment of your roof to make sure there are no underlying repairs that need to be done prior to a heavy snow.
So, contact Kirberg Company today to ensure that your roof snow or ice removal is done safely and properly. We’re experts in the field, and we’ve been providing state-of-the-art roofing solutions to clients across the Midwest for nearly a century. It’s our promise to provide the best roofing solution for your needs, whether it’s as routine as snow removal or as complex as emergency roof repair.