Monday, November 9, 2020

How to Make Roof Snow Removal Plans at the Best Time

Roof Snow Removal Plans
We use preventative monitoring technologies to help our clients stay on top of roof snow removal plans for the winter season. Save time, money, and property by preventing roof collapses and weather damage from accumulated snow. Cold weather can cause materials to become brittle over time, which makes any sagging a potentially dangerous situation. Using technology to help us gauge when to call for snow will help businesses avoid roof collapses.

COVID Safety Measures

Providing preventative monitoring technologies for our clients is vital in helping them and their customers stay safe. But on that same note of safety, we take the COVID safety measures with the utmost seriousness. Our team follows a few guidelines to help everyone stay safe:

·         Separate SRS Workstations to Reduce Close Contact Between Technicians

·         Clearly Mark SRS Work Areas to Minimize Contact with Client's Staff or Other Contractors

·         Have Hand Sanitizer Readily Available and Used Frequently While On the Worksite

·         Regularly Disinfect Doors, Door Handles, Countertops, and Other Surfaces In the SRS Work Area

·         Coordinate Work Site Plans and Timetables with Building Management and Any Affected Contractors

Contact us today for more details about our products and services and our COVID protocols. We'll be glad to discuss any concerns or answer any inquiries.

How to Detect Signs of Roof Collapse

Roof Collapse

Architects make roofs from very strong materials, and we often don't think about the roofs over our heads because we trust that the structure is safe. However, when it comes to wintertime in the Northern US and Canada, wet, heavy snow can really strain the structure's integrity and potentially cause a roof collapse. Safe Roof Systems cares about everyone's safety, especially in moments when the roofs are in danger of collapsing. Most property owners don't realize that there's a problem until it's too late; that's why we make our snow roof alarm available.

Using technology like this will help alert you when you need to call for snow removal, which will save you time and money in the future. This device is specifically designed for commercial use. Roof collapse is incredibly scary in a place where many people are in one facility, such as a community center or shopping center. When left unchecked, wet snow can pile up to unimaginable weight and make the roof sag. Over time sagging and cold weather can make the material turn brittle and cause a collapse.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can prevent roof collapse with our roof snow alarm system.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Staying Safe While Installing a Roof Snow Alarm System

Roof Snow Alarm System
As winter comes around, the threat of snowfall comes with it. That could mean a great deal of added weight pressing down on your business, causing a potential roof collapse if you aren’t careful. That is why business owners must have a roof snow alarm system specifically designed to warn when the amount of snow on their roof is starting to get to be a bit too heavy.

While, in the past, having someone install one of these systems might have only meant researching some reviews and picking the right contractor to meet your needs, things are a bit different today due to COVID-19. Rely on Safe Roof Systems for proper installation of your business’s roof alarm system. You can be sure we are going to take all of the necessary safety precautions to reduce the possibility of exposing you, your employees, your customers to this virus.

When you contact our roof snow alarm contractor, make sure to ask us about the different COVID-related safety precautions we take when installing your system. We utilize high-quality, proper PPE, sanitize, and only bring the number of contractors needed for the job. We put our customer’s health first when reducing the risk of snow damage.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Why You Need to Install Predictive Monitoring Technologies Before Winter Arrives


Predictive Monitoring Technologies

Proactively protecting your business is the only way to stop disasters before they start. By knowing you need to take action before a problem reaches its critical point, you can act quickly and avoid major repair bills. This is especially true when it comes to installing a roof monitor on your business before winter. From stadiums to schools, Safe Roof Systems has your snow alarm needs covered.

When those winter storms start blowing and dumping pounds of snow onto your business, you need to know precisely how much weight your roof can handle before it starts to cause damage. With predictive monitoring technologies from Safe Roof Systems, you can keep track of the amount of snow on your roof so you can have it removed when the time comes. You won’t need to make needless trips to the roof or risk waiting too long to clear the snow.

By the time the storms start, it could be too late to take advantage of this technology. Instead, make sure your business is ready before winter so that you don’t end up staring down expensive roof repair or replacement bills due to snow damage. Safe Roof Systems is able to install a system that works with your roof to ensure that you have a good idea about just how much snow your roof can handle.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Safe Roof Systems’ Best Practices for Covid

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has created unforeseeable challenges for all of us, and like the customers we serve, we are adapting to the crisis by implementing new safety measures. At Safe Roof Systems, we place the health of our customers, staff, and technicians as the highest priority. When you call us to install a top-quality roof snow alarm that can spare you from the expense of preventable damage, you can count on us to follow strict guidelines.

Social distancing, regular sanitization, and minimizing exposure are essential in the fight against this disease. So, when you hire our team, we follow best practices to ensure safety with Covid. All SRS technicians are equipped with PPE; limiting work-site exposure between our team and your on-site staff and guests.

Our team follows a few simple guidelines to help everyone stay safe:
  • Separate SRS workstations to reduce close contact between technicians
  • Clearly mark SRS work areas to minimize contact with your staff or other contractors.
  • Have hand sanitizer readily available and used frequently while on the work site.
  • Regularly disinfect doors, door handles, countertops, and other surfaces in the SRS work area.
  • Coordinate work site plans and time tables with building management and any effected contractors

 We will be doing our part as well while we install your snow alarm on your roof. By cooperating and following common guidelines, we can better protect each other as we carry on with our regular business practices. Office managers, contact our team to coordinate your site-specific concerns and requirements.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Safe Roof Systems Supports Work-Place Health & Safety Protocols

Rules and procedures for contractors accessing work-places have changed significantly with the spread of Covid-19. The reality is that these standards will likely be in place for years to come. Our team at Safe Roof Systems is dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of safety.

Important questions and concerns include:
  • Does contractor access now require business managers to send their staff home again?
  • Will contact areas require sanitization after work is complete?    
Snow removal operations often require a large crew. Questions our customers have had include:
  • How difficult will it be to safely remove snow when needed?
  • Can you limit the size of a crew safely and responsibly?
SRS roof deflection alarms tell you when to act and also helps limit work-place exposure by qualifying how many contractors will be needed. Our alarm systems also show our team where contractors are required.

Know when and where to remove roof snow. Save time and money while maintaining a safe work environment with Safe Roof Systems. Contact SRS today for an on-line roof risk review and alarm system proposal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Predictive Roof Monitoring - Make Your Life Easier!

predictive monitoring technologies

Always be prepared – a Boy Scout motto that has particular value today.

Predictive roof monitoring is a must-have tool for facility maintenance going forward.
Because, in our new reality, inviting service crews into a workspace brings opportunity for viral exposure.  It is no longer going to be convenient or safe to have a team of roofing specialists entering your building or place of business unless it is absolutely necessary. 

Our deflection alarm systems have always provided savings. Now, with today’s new priorities, roof monitoring allows facility managers to safely monitor and maintain roof conditions without inviting outside personnel into their buildings.

A DMD-series roof deflection alarm system automatically alerts facility managers when and where roof load mitigation is required. This allows you to scale the response and balance the need with safe staffing levels. 

Contact Safe Roof Systems today and learn how to always be prepared by adding remote and automatic roof load monitoring to your facility's predictive maintenance program.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Water Ponding VS. Snow Load

The vast majority of building failures are weather related.  Most are caused by the weight of snow, but water ponding continues to be a major concern.

Snow doesn’t move (much), it generally stays where it  falls, BUT water is a different problem because it always moves & collects in low the spots.   

Run-a-way roof ponding starts with water collecting in a low spot, centralizing a load usually spread across the surrounding area.  This in turn deflects the supporting joists/purlins and leads to more water running into an increasingly deeper pond.  As the deflection increases, water from a larger and larger area runs toward one small roof area and ultimately causes a structural failure, or at least overwhelms HVAC curbing and other penetrations letting enormous amounts of water pour inside. Either way it’s a huge mess and expense that can be completely avoided.

Prevent a run-away roof loading cycle from overwhelming your business by adding Roof Deflection Monitoring as a predictive maintenance program.   

Simply put – “knowing when and where to act” saves time & money and helps you avoid a costly business disruption.

Visit our website to learn more about roof load monitoring. For over 20 years, we’ve been designing and installing systems to detect snow-related roof deflection. With us, you know your building is in safe hands.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Benefits of Predictive Monitoring Technologies

Predictive Monitoring Technologies
When it comes to monitoring roof load, most commercial establishment owners just take a wild guess and hope for the best when it starts to snow. However, taking a guess or assuming your roof was built well enough to withstand snow year after year is not a smart business practice. Knowing what your roof can handle and when you need to have it cleared can ensure the longevity of your roof and your business. That’s why it is critical for business owners like you to invest in predictive monitoring technologies for roofing systems.

Investing in a monitoring system for your roof gives you the peace of mind you need when the snow keeps falling. In addition to being a smart, proactive approach to handling the impact of snow on your establishment’s roof, a predictive monitoring system can help you defend your roof against damage, failure, or even collapse.

As an added benefit, if you routinely have snow removed from your roof by a contractor, you could potentially end up saving quite a bit of money by not having to hire the snow removal work out as often. While it’s always best to be safe instead of sorry, knowing what your roof’s limit is can keep you from continuously hiring out any snow removal work.

The more responsive you are to your roof’s needs, the safer your establishment will be. If you have any questions about how a predictive monitoring system works for roofing, you are welcome to reach out to our team at Safe Roof Systems.

Impacts of the Weight of Snow

Weight of Snow
The first snow of a year is always special for the northern parts of North America. However, did you know that one cubic foot of fresh, dry snow weighs around 3 pounds? Even worse, one cubic foot of packed, heavy snow can weigh as much as 21 pounds. While determining the weight of snow is not convenient or feasible for most people, it’s safe to assume that the snow on your establishment’s roof probably weighs more than you realize.

Snowfall can be dangerous for roofing. If snow falls at different depths on a roof (due to trees, overhangs, drifting snow, or other factors), this is considered an unbalanced load. An unbalanced load poses a greater risk to your roof’s structural system than a uniform load. Roofs are built with the intention of spreading out the load over a vast area.

When heavy snow is not properly handled, your roof suffers. Here are some of the signs that your commercial roof is not doing well and should be updated to a snow system:

Creaking or Popping Sounds
Sagging or Bowed Areas
Cracked/Split Wood Beams
Minor or Severe Leaks
Cracks in Walls/Masonry
Sprinklers Dropping Down

The weight of snow can be hazardous to your roof system. If you should notice any of the impacts or signs listed above, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our company -- Safe Roof Systems -- to see what we can do for your business.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Predictive Monitoring Technologies for Snow

Predictive Monitoring Technologies
If you own or manage a large property in a snow-prone area, you’re likely aware of how damaging snow can be to roofs. While snow looks light while falling from the sky, it can actually be astonishingly dense when it packs together, creating a heavy burden on your building’s roof. You need to remove the snow if it doesn’t melt away on its own quickly enough – but how do you know when it’s time?

Take the guesswork out of snow removal by utilizing predictive monitoring technologies for snow load. Rather than overpaying for frequent removal, these monitoring systems warn you when you can no longer allow the snow to pile up.

How Snow Load Monitoring Works

The weight of snow varies drastically from day-to-day. When fresh, snow layers tend to be lighter since they’re composed of more air pockets. However, as snow accumulates, those snow pockets shrink, and more of the snow layer is composed of water, creating a denser, heavier load.

Predictive monitoring technologies measure the ratio of water vs. trapped air (Snow Water Equivalent) to estimate the overall snow load’s weight with impressive accuracy. Since the monitoring system operates 24/7, you can receive real-time email notifications whenever the weight becomes dangerous.

Benefits of a Snow Roof System

Snow Roof System
Winter can put a serious strain on your building, especially when snow keeps piling up on your roof. In fact, the vast majority of wintertime building failures across North America are caused by excessive snow and ice.

There’s nothing you can do to stop snow from falling from the sky. However, you can ward off property damage with a snow roof system. The following are just a few reasons why it’s worthwhile to invest in a professional snow system for your roof.

Reduce Snow Removal Costs

Stop overspending on frequent snow removal services. Instead of guessing when to remove snow, you can know exactly when it’s time with expert monitoring. A rooftop snow monitoring system can cut overall snow removal costs in half.

Prevent Roof Failure

Roofs are built tough, but heavy, dense snow can push your property to its limit. Unfortunately, property owners often don’t catch the early warning signs of trouble, especially during the winter, when snow and ice can conceal visible damage. A snow roof system helps you avoid such expensive damage by warning you early on.

Experience Around-the-Clock Peace of Mind

With 24/7 monitoring and instant email notifications, the right rooftop system will give you complete peace of mind. Never again will you have to stress and debate yourself over whether to schedule snow removal.