Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fast Facts to Know About Snow

When you know some interesting facts about snow, including the consistency, temperature, and weight of snow, you can be more prepared for the coming winter.

Many people think of snow as a nuisance, but the truth is that snow, as a natural phenomenon, is really quite miraculous. You probably learned that no two snowflakes are exactly alike in elementary school. There’s plenty more to learn about snow, however, so read on to find out more about the stuff of winter wonderlands.

Weight. Individual snowflakes are light, fluffy, and melt in an instant. But did you know that snow can be impressively hefty when all those little flakes get together? In fact, depending on the amount of moisture in any given group of snowflakes, the weight of snow can range up to 21 pounds per cubic foot!
Color. Every winter, heavy snowfall transforms certain regions into sparkling white landscapes. But on an individual level, snowflakes aren’t white at all—they’re translucent. It’s only when light hits them from all sides that they appear white. (Another fun fact: snowflakes change color depending on algae content and pollution.)

Sound. Have you ever gone outside during snowfall and found the world much quieter? That’s because newly fallen snow absorbs sound waves. Ice, on the other hand, actually reflects sound waves. Thus, older, icier snow won’t have quite the same muffling effect.

Safety Reasons to Monitor Snow Loads

If you live in a region known for its harsh winters, you’re already familiar with the challenges that heavy snowfall presents. But traffic delays and snowed-in homes aren’t the only things you should be worrying about, especially if you own commercial or industrial property with flat roofing. These roofs can quickly be buried under snow.

Large quantities of snow can be surprisingly heavy, causing serious problems with roofing. Some roofs exposed to heavy snowfall fail and collapse, while others may suffer water damage due to melting snow. In any event, there are several reasons to monitor a roof’s snow load through a custom roof snow removal plan from Safe Roof Systems, an industry leader in roof deflection monitoring technologies.

1. Safety. When you monitor a roof’s snow loads closely, you’ll be alerted to potential issues well before they have the chance to affect your employees’ or customers’ safety.

2. Efficiency. Not sure when to begin shoveling? You’ll know when it’s time when you add a roof snow alarm system to your property, saving you hours of frustration.

3. Peace of mind. With a roof snow monitoring system installed, you’re released from the responsibility of monitoring snow buildup yourself. Now you’re free to pursue other essential tasks in your day-to-day routine.

Any kind of business building can benefit from a roof snow removal plan. It’s worth your time to prepare for snow before it arrives and causes roof problems.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Common Causes of Roof Collapses

If there has been an unprecedented series of storms in a region, the chance for snowdrifts building up on roofs increases. Snow loads enhance the risk of a roof collapse. With Safe Roof Systems (SRS) products and services, you can know when and where to initiate safe and effective roof snow removal. SRS approaches each project with the expertise that comes from more than 20 years serving property owners and managers. Our experience over the years has shown us that structural failure due to a roof snow load may be linked to the following causes:

·         The weight of the snow load greatly exceeds the roof’s capacity to handle it
·         Drifting and sliding snow conditions
·         Deficient workmanship
·         Insufficient operation and maintenance
·         Improper design
·         Inadequate drainage design
·         Insufficient design in older buildings

Although an inadequate snow load design is a common cause of a roof’s collapse, many roofs break down as a result of:

·        Age & Deterioration
·         Lack of Maintenance
·        Building Modifications
·       Added Insulation Over an Older Roof that Prevents Heat from Melting Snow 
·         A Combination of these Factors.

Connect with Safe Roof Systems to be prepared for the winter weather. Call us today at 508.758.6829. Be safe knowing that you won’t have to worry about your roof collapse in Canada.

Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to our blog! Thank you for your interest in our innovative roof snow alarm system. The goal at SRS is to provide real-time alerts and notifications so that you can avoid having too much snow on your building’s roof. How much snow on the roof is too much? It all depends on water content. When the weight of accumulated snow and ice exceeds the capacity of the roof structure, the roof collapses. Plus, rain falling on accumulated snow is especially dangerous, because it can more than triple the weight of the snow. We have developed our roof load monitoring systems to provide building owners with the following benefits:

•             Peace of mind knowing a roof’s snow load is being automatically monitored.
•             Saving time and money every winter.
•             Preventing roof failure or collapse.
•             Limiting snow removal to precisely when it’s needed.
•             Reducing shovel labor.
•             Providing real-time alerts and notifications.

The snow load on a building roof is not always from a single large snow storm. Snow loads can be the result of a series of storms. Also, one foot of snow on the ground does not necessarily equal one foot of snow on a roof. The difference in snow load conditions results from the variables associated with an individual building. Our systems provide property owners and managers with a way to know the potential impact of their building’s roof load conditions during and after severe weather events. The roof deflection monitoring systems by Safe Roof Systems provide you with critical visibility and awareness of roof load conditions from severe weather events. 

Connect with us today to review the products and services at SafeRoofSystems.com.