Roofing in Ohio: How to Protect Your Building
Is your roof holding up to your local climate and weather?
The are several types of climate areas across the US, and each has their obstacles that building owners have to face to protect their building. In Ohio, we experience harsh weather twice a year. From snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the Winter, to hot, humid and sunny weather in the summer.
Roof systems in Ohio have to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. In this article, we cover the top roofing problems we see in Ohio along with the top types of roofing systems Ohioans rely on to protect their buildings.
Roof Problems in Ohio
If you have a building in Ohio, you know that when it snows, it snows hard. Seasonal snow can test your roof in a couple of ways:
- Weight – Snow adds a lot of pressure onto your building’s structure.
- Melting Snow – Melting snow can overwhelm your gutter system if they are not properly maintained, causing water to back up onto your roof.
The biggest problem our service team sees in the winter is when water enters a small hole or puncture in a roof, that water turns to ice which expands, then melts…leaving a bigger problem with your roof.
Ohio has some beautiful trees; we are lucky to have trees everywhere! Unfortunately, these trees can bring some problems with your roof system.
- Winter – Snow, and ice can fall from nearby trees onto your roof. If it snows enough in a short amount of time, branches can break and cause significant damage to your building.
- Summer – Summer and Spring bring vegetation and animals to the area. Falling leaves, branches and flowers can clog your drain system and create damage to your roof.
Ohioans are always relieved when the summer sun comes out! But that harsh sun during the summer months can age your membrane roof. The UV damage can break down a membrane faster than a roof system that is shaded.
Popular Roof Types for Ohio
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is an eco-friendly roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities. Spray Polyurethane Foam, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a material that is sprayed as a liquid so it can expand into a foam, creating a solid layer across an existing roof.
Single-Ply Membrane is a time-tested roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities. Single-Ply Membranes are sheets of rubber and other synthetics that can be ballasted, mechanically fastened or chemically adhered to insulation creating a layer of protection on your commercial facility.
Metal Roofing is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems on the market. Most metal roofing systems use corrugated galvanized steel, although other materials such as aluminum or tin can also be used.
Since metal roofing material is rather light in weight, it can be installed right on top of the existing roof. After a metal roofing system is installed, a coating can be added for waterproofing, rust protection, and UV protection.
Ohio has some pretty crazy weather, but we can help you be prepared! If you have any further questions about your commercial roofing system, email us anytime at email@example.com or by filling out our form online to find out more.
Author: Aubrey Barto
Aubrey Barto is the Marketing Manager of West Roofing Systems, Inc. She has two BAs in News and Media Production with Certifications from Hubspot, HootSuite, University of San Francisco and Wharton School of Business. Aubrey works closely with West Roofing’s sales and service teams, she is up on our roofs taking photos and videos for our website regularly.