Spring Thawing - Snow/Ice Build-Up on Roofs

A record-breaking snowfall for Minnesota in the month of February is no small deal! At this time of year, and the weather we have been having, is cause to pay attention to impacts to buildings and roofs. With more wet snow on the way, over the next few weeks, we urge you to take action now. Here are a few of the main maintenance tips we would like to share with you.

How To Maintain Your Building's Roof


ROOF MAINTENANCE:

Roofing is at the top of most property owners' and property managers' lists of items to keep well maintained. And, rightly so, as this building feature can be one of the single highest replacement costs in building maintenance. Upon review of a recent article regarding roof maintenance, we summarized the key points of the article.

Of this list of six roof maintenance tips, we have included four of the following:

  • Stay involved - from the get-go
  • Quality roofing - a good system makes all the difference
  • Roof design matters - know all the factors
  • Inspections - are you doing the minimum?

Commercial Building Maintenance: Roofing


How to take care of your commercial building's roof:

Commercial building maintenance of your roof is an extremely important part of your commercial or industrial building's routine maintenance schedule. 

As a building owner or facilities manager, you know the importance of keeping your building consistently maintained. This is especially true of roof maintenance which can cause a lot of headaches if maintenance is not made a priority. According to our friends over at B.L. Dalsin Roofing, "All roofs are vulnerable to deficiencies that can lead to leaks. Extreme weather like heavy snow and seasonal freeze-thaw cycles can damage your roof."  The team at APPRO Development speaks with building owners all the time who have questions about their roofs. This article covers the basics of roof maintenance. 

ISNetworld: APPRO Receives a Grade of “A”!

ISNetworld Contractor Grading System used by International Food Manufacturer to Grade APPRO Development, Inc.’s Construction Safety Program and Insurance Compliance

ISNetworld “brings together Hiring Clients and contractors, creating safer work environments and lasting partnerships” according to the ISNetworld website page. “APPRO became a member of ISNetworld, after an international food manufacturing client requested we use ISNetworld to provide them with access to our safety and insurance information. As a result, we are very proud to have earned a grade of ‘A’,” according to Kathy Morse, Vice President for APPRO Development.

ISNetworld: APPRO Receives a Grade of “A”!

ISNetworld Contractor Grading System used by International Food Manufacturer to Grade APPRO Development, Inc.’s Construction Safety Program and Insurance Compliance

ISNetworld “brings together Hiring Clients and contractors, creating safer work environments and lasting partnerships” according to the ISNetworld website page. “APPRO became a member of ISNetworld, after an international food manufacturing client requested we use ISNetworld to provide them with access to our safety and insurance information. As a result, we are very proud to have earned a grade of ‘A’,” according to Kathy Morse, Vice President for APPRO Development.

Commercial Building - Suggested Maintenance Checklist

Commercial Building - Suggested Building Maintenance List

Commercial building ownership comes with a long list of maintenance items to keep your building in the best possible condition. We understand you are proud of your investment. So, the team at APPRO Development created a "Suggested Maintenance / Service Letter." We provide this letter to each of our building owners upon the completion of the construction of their building, addition or expansion project. We hope this will serve as a starting point to keep new buildings in optimum condition.

Spring Rains and Roof Maintenance Time

Roof Maintenance: These April Showers bringing May Flowers also usher in a time to check the health of your roof!

Spring rains and the impending storm season are an ideal time to conduct some roof maintenance. According to a recent E-Newsletter by one of our roofing subcontractors, BL Dalsin Roofing, "All roofs are vulnerable to deficiencies that lead to leaks. Extreme weather and seasonal freeze thaw cycles can damage your roof...'Corrective Roof Maintenance' should happen when existing critical defects could lead to a threat to your building interior, such as water damage. By proactively performing maintenance on your roof you are managing your 'Roof Asset' preventing potential problems that can turn into critical defects and possible water intrusion."

Cool Roofs for Commercial and Industrial Buildings in Minnesota’s Climate

Roofs for Commercial and Industrial Buildings – An Overview

Image Source: CRRC (http://coolroofs.org/resources/home-building-owners)

Roofs for commercial and industrial buildings are an important consideration for all building owners, and at APPRO, we are seeing a lot of discussion about, and implementation of cool roofs. The Department of energy has published a guideline for selecting environmentally friendly cool roofs aptly labeled “Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs” (click on the title for the link to the document) prepared by a sustainable energy consultant. The 23-page report goes into a broad overview of defining what a cool roof is and what the benefits are.

Roof Alert! Avoid Roof Collapse

Roof Alert! Avoid Roof Collapse

Image Source: by jnaithani via flickr (orignal, no alterations made)

How to avoid roof collapse is an all too serious consideration for commercial property owners. At this time of year – it is important to observe the amount of snow on your facility’s roof. The snow we currently get is very wet and heavy in nature, and can sometimes pile up and exceed the designed structural capacity of the roof system.

   
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