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We hope your sky isn't falling, especially if you are trying to keep warm and dry in your own home on a chilly winter evening. Although roofing systems are designed to withstand the elements, no structure is infallible to the elements. Not only can your home or building be affected by unexpected weight from snow, but other structures such as pipes, wiring, and even vehicles can be damaged as well.
The definition of "excessive" snow is really determined by weight, and not by inches. While a cubic foot of "dry" snow weighs about seven pounds, the same measurement of "wet" snow can be almost triple that weight! Wet snow is especially problematic at the end of winter, when rain is absorbed by the snowpack on a roof. Call us for an inspection if you see:
" Sagging roofs
" Cracks in walls or masonry
" Sprinkler heads popping out below ceiling tiles
" Bowed pipes
" Doors that won't stay shut
" Bends in supports
However, it is important to remember that well-intentioned efforts to protect your home can cause more damage than the snow if not handled properly. Here are some important tips to remember to help avoid problems with excessive snow pack on your roof:
¢ Add to the weight on the roof with YOUR weight or the weight of any equipment.
¢ Try to melt the ice with flames, blow dryers or any other electric device.
¢ Park your cars under areas where heavy snow or ice accumulation may occur.
¢ Try to break off icicles while standing under them - if possible, use a broom or long handled tool and do it out a window while you are inside the house.
¢ Use metal tools on your roof. Not only can could they conduct electricity if it touches a power line, but they can do serious damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
¢ Always wear protective headgear and goggles when removing snow from your roof.
¢ Keep gutters and drains clean to avoid build-up of ice and snow, and keep your downspouts clean from the ground level.
¢ Consider hiring professionals to help with the removal of excessive snow and ice from your roof.
¢ Clear snow away from outtake vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
As always, Fortress Roofing is proud to be your partner in maintaining the integrity of your roof to keep you safe and dry. We can help you determine if professional help is needed for snow and ice removal, and resolve any issues that arise from an excessive snow or ice pack. Call us if you have any questions!
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Well, it happened... the first valley snowfall of the winter season! If you haven’t finished your winter preparations yet, the change in weather will undoubtedly have you scrambling to finish your preparations. This time of year is a busy time for roofers as the wet weather is often what brings attention to the fact that a roof has problems when it begins leaking into a home or business.
Roofing systems are designed to withstand the effects of the elements, but there are two main issues that can provide problems with your roofing system in the winter time.
One of the main problems for roofs in the winter is the formation of ice dams. If the temperature in your attic is above freezing, it will begin to melt the snowpack on the roof. The water runs down onto the colder eaves and freezes again. As this cycle repeats, the ice grows thicker and forms a dam. Water then pools behind the dam and as it forms “ponds”, and the ponding water can back up underneath the roof covering and leak into the exterior walls of the structure or into the attic.
Ideally, the snow on your roof should melt as it would on your lawn, at an even rate. This means that the snow on the cooler parts of your roof, such as the eaves, will melt at the same rate as the part of your roof above the attic. The problem starts when the attic is warmer than the outside temperature.
Anytime there are any openings created in the drywall or plaster of the ceiling in the room below the attic, such as hangings for fixates, it is important to make sure the holes are tightly sealed to prevent heat from escaping into the attic. However, the number one reason that heat rises into the attic is poor insulation.
Fortress Roofing can help! Call us today to schedule a free attic insulation inspection! As a Preferred Contractor for Owens Corning, we have a great relationship with one of the nation’s leading insulation manufactures of insulation products. We will not only help identify and problem areas that allow heat into your attic, but our skilled technicians are ready to get to the bottom of your ice dam problem, and have the experience to resolve the problem, even if last resort solutions like installation of heat tape is required. Call us today, so we can ensure that your house is warm and toasty, your attic stays cold, and that your roof is prepared for another brutal Utah winter!
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Fortress Roofing is a leader in the commercial roofing sector because we have not only the experience and expertise to handle any low slope project, but because we have the manpower to complete commercial projects in a fraction of the time of other roofing contractors. We also have the recognition of excellence from some of the largest vendors of roofing materials in the industry. These qualifications have combined to give us an unparalleled reputation for excellence, and that reputation speaks for itself!
Low slope roofing systems are water impermeable membranes that cover building structures with a slope of 14 degrees or less (also defined as a pitch of 3:12 or less). Roofs with such a low slope are not steep enough to divert water off of the roof, and so they are designed to withstand the consequence of pooling water and snow.
Most low slope roofing systems are comprised of three main elements:
· A waterproof layer (or layers): this is the most important element as its function is to keep water completely out of the underlying roof structure, and consequently the entire building.
· Reinforcement – this is what provides the waterproof layer with strength and stability, as well as helping ensure that the roofing membrane is resistant to punctures and tears.
· Surface layer – this layer protects the other two layers from the direct effects of sun, rain, snow and wind. In addition, some surface layers add additional protection from fire, heavy weather such as hail, and also can provide solar reflection for maximum energy efficiency.
There are several different types of low slope roofing systems available, including options for energy efficient systems such as green and solar panel roofs. Thermoplastic roofing systems (TPO) are one of the fastest growing systems available, popular due to their high-temperature tolerance, ultraviolet resistance, and expected life span of over 20 years. EPDM systems are exceptionally durable and versatile, are easier to install, and are easier to maintain and repair than many other commercial options.
Fortress Roofing is not only equipped with the knowledge, manpower and experience to meet all of your commercial roofing project needs, but we have access to the best materials, will give you the highest quality workmanship, and can complete the job in less time than any of our competitors. Give us a call to discuss your needs, and we will give you a bid that is sure to please!
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In addition to being Utah’s premier residential roofing contractor, Fortress Roofing is also a leader in the commercial roofing sector. Commercial roofing systems are different than residential roofing systems: they serve different purposes, use different materials, and are installed differently. Fortress Roofing has several large and highly experienced crews who specialize in each type of roof installation and enable Fortress to stand out in installations of all types of roofing.
Although we refer to commercial and residential roofing projects in this article, what we are really referring to is low slope roofing systems and steep slope roofing systems. Low slope roofing systems are water impermeable membranes installed on roofs with a slope of 14 degrees or less. Steep slope roofing systems are water shedding materials that are installed on roofs with a slope greater than 14 degrees. Although some residential projects have low slope or flat roofs, and some commercial buildings have steep slope roofs, it is most common for steep slope roofs to be found on residential projects and low slope to be found on commercial projects.
Both commercial and residential roofs serve the basic function of protecting a building structure from the elements. However, apart from that common purpose, the two types of roofing projects vary greatly in both form and function.
Residential roofs are largely designed to be aesthetically pleasing: they are generally pitched (have a slope) and highly visible. The appearance of the roof adds a great deal to the overall appearance of the house, and is carefully selected to complement the overall style of the home. The color and shingle type are carefully selected to match the siding or other outside elements of the home.
Commercial roofs are generally much larger, flat, and hidden from sight. They do not have the slope to help divert water off of the roof, and therefore require different materials to ensure the blockage of water from the underlying structure. Commercial roofs are typically more expensive to replace, take longer and more expertise to install properly.
No matter what kind of roofing project you have, Fortress Roofing has the experience, manpower, financial stability, tools, materials and dedication to excellence to provide you with the best roofing system available. We are dedicated to creating customers who rave about us, and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with a professional and competitive estimate for your roofing project!
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A good roofing system keeps you dry and comfortable year-round. Take advantage of this list of links to learn about roofing shingles, roofing problems, and gutter maintenance. Fortress Roofing is your source for quality roofing services in Salt Lake City. We reroof, replace shingles, and perform roof repairs. Give us a call today at (385) 282-6976 for more information
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