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By Gary Thill, IRE Business Update Editor
As unusually vicious winter weather grips much of the nation, including areas not used to snow and ice, roofers are on the front lines of helping homes and businesses recover from the onslaught.
In the short term, the unusual weather will lead to a flurry of new business that’s sure to continue well into spring. But those unaccustomed to dealing with snow and ice issues would do well to take precautions from safety to liability, warn experts.
“Especially in Texas, you’re going to see a lot of roofs that are damaged when this is over, because those roofs are not designed for this,” said John Kenney, CEO of Cotney Consulting, who spent decades roofing in the snowy Northeast. “It’s almost like after a hurricane but worse.”
It’s worse Kenney said because many roofers aren’t accustomed to dealing with the particular issues that snow and ice bring. Here are four mistakes Kenney said roofers need to avoid around snow and ice remediation:
Even once the more immediate snow and ice issues resolve themselves, Kenney said roofers will likely continue gaining new business from the round of winter storms. That’s because even for roofs that survived the winter attack, the return of warmer spring weather will reveal expansion breaks caused by the unusual cold.
“Everyone is very optimistic that it’s going to be a very busy spring with all that’s been going on,” Kenney said.