If your home or business has a flat roof, you may be a bit concerned when it snows. The flat roof tends to collect the snow a lot more than a sloped roof, since it won't be sliding off the surface with any ease. When there is a lot of snow and very cold temperatures outside, the weight of the snow can have an impact on your roof that can cause damage. Here is what you know about dealing with snow on a flat roof during the winter:

Have The Drains Inspected

It's crucial that the drains on a flat roof are working properly when the winter snow comes. Snow is melting all the time, even when it's very cold outside, since heavy snow can cause bottom layers to warm up just enough that it starts to melt. If the drains are clogged then that water will have nowhere to go, which can lead to leaks in the roofing material,

You'll want to have your roof's drains inspected by a commercial roofing contractor prior to the first snowfall. They'll be able to see if the drains are working, investigate the slope so that water flows towards the drains, and clean out debris that is causing problems.

Patch The Roof

Leaks will happen to a roof, no matter how well you care for it. It will start out as one or more small cracks in the roofing material, and once water gets into them, it will freeze and cause the crack to expand larger than what it already is. If water gets down the roof deck, it will get into your building and cause some serious problems with water damage. The best thing you can do is be proactive about patching a flat roof. It may not be pretty, but it will effective at keeping the water out of your building rather than letting it inside.

Plan To Rake The Roof

The heavy weight from snow is not something you want to leave on a roof until it melts. You will want to get a roof rake and pull snow off the roof when there is a big snowfall. The roof rake is going to be gentle on the surface of the roof so it doesn't cause any damage. If you start using a shovel, you may damage your roof with the sharp edge, which will eventually lead to a leak.

Speak to a local roofing contractor for more information about dealing with snow on a flat roof.