Properties Magazine April 2017 : Page 69

BOMA BUSINESS Exploring timely topics with BOMA members The Worst Roof Leaks May Be Out of Sight... ith the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to plan to get up on our roofs and truly examine how they’ve survived everything that winter has thrown at them. W ENERGY SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO Contact us today and gain more control over your building’s energy costs WE SPEAK From cold winds and piling snow to freeze/thaw cycles, winter can be espe-cially tough on roofs. Wind Wind-blown debris not only accu-mulates to clog drains and downspouts, but it can also cause damage to the roof. A misconception is that wind damage would typically tear a roof off or force it loose. However, it’s also critical to inves-tigate what may have blown onto or across the roof, poten-tially harming it. Snow It’s common knowledge that 10 to 12 inches of new snow is roughly equal to one inch of rain or ice, and weighs about five pounds per square foot. That is also equivalent to three to five inches of packed snow. Over the course of winter, the amount of snow that can accumulate could stress the limits of even the best designed roof. Interior leaks tend to be very appar-ent, but what about leaks that haven’t yet been spotted? Leaks begin, in flat roofs, by saturating the insulation below. This moisture diminishes the insulation’s R-value, and will eventually compromise the integrity of the roof system. If small issues aren’t noticed and remedied, they can quickly develop into major problems. It’s imperative to have a qualified professional inspect roofs semiannually, not only to maintain warranty compliance, but to uncover leaks and issues that may be unseen by the naked eye. Using an aerial infrared roof scan to complement a visual roof survey is like a doctor using an MRI and can help remedy current or future roof issues. These inspections are very afford-able and cost effective, especially with a qualified consultant. Typically, the advanced diagnostics and infrared ser-vices cost mere pennies per square foot, versus the dollars per square foot of roof replacement. P BOMA Greater Cleveland is proud to provide this space to our associate members so they can inform, educate and share their knowledge with property management professionals. This article was written by Tiffany Lacey, marketing manager of RAM USA. Associate Tom Mowry can be reached at 440.665.9813 or TMowry@ RAM USA can be found on the web at Preferred natural gas supplier since 1996 Freeze/thaw Obviously, water is always a problem for roofs, especially so when it freezes and thaws. Water can get into the tini-est of spaces, and can expand greatly when frozen. Once it thaws, it leaves an even bigger penetration, which results in even more damage. This is a key issue for roof flashings. ANDREA LONGBRAKE Senior Commercial Account Manager 614.659.5190 69

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