Building owners in the northeast are having to deal with a growing number of weather related emergencies. We’ve had hurricanes, wind storms, flooding and an increasing amount of snow accumulation from winter storms.
Where you once could choose to make repairs following the 20 year storm, it’s now time to adopt a preventive building maintenance strategy. All businesses need to proactively prevent damage to the physical structure of the buildings they own and reduce potential liability issues.
So what businesses need to consider this system?
- Condominium associations need to weigh the ongoing costs of removing snow from roofs, repairing damage caused by ice dams and escalating insurance costs, versus a preventive system that eliminates or lowers these costs.
- Apartment building owners have the same expenses as condo associations, plus they may be liable for finding and paying for alternative accommodations for renters with leases.
- Small office buildings have both building costs plus unplanned business losses such as lost rent and/or liability for loss of business.
- Small commercial buildings and strip malls, like warehouses and retail outlets, have to deal with building repairs plus the liability of business interruptions and/or lose of inventory by their tenants.
- High-end recreation buildings, like ski resorts and golf courses, have similar challenges in building repair costs and lost income and reputation from scheduled events like weddings and conferences, that have to be moved or postponed.
The Benefits of an Ice Prevention System for Your Commercial Building(s)
Ice dam prevention systems should be part of your building’s long-term maintenance strategy. While it requires a sizable initial investment, you’ll save more than your investment over 2 to 3 really snowy winters like the winter of 2014-15.
Businesses need to invest in an ice dam prevention systems to avoid:
- Higher insurance costs, and possible cancellation of insurance, with multiple claims due to multiple ice dam repairs which is happening to many condominium associations in New England.
- Higher operating costs to deal with roof raking and ice dam removal from roofs, which may involve special equipment like the bucket truck (watch video) used to remove ice dams as the video shows. Admittedly there are electrical costs associated with running an ice dam prevention system.
- Significantly higher repair costs due to roof and interior damage caused by ice dams, along with management fees to get the job done right. And businesses often have higher deductibles to pay when these repairs are made.
- Business liability in case of injury due to falling icicles, which is a huge problem in the northeast part of the US because so many of our buildings are old and lack adequate insulation and ventilation.
- Loss of business revenue when buildings, offices or apartments/condominiums must be vacated due to damage, repairs and/or mold remediation which is a common problem where there is water damage and ongoing moisture to sustain the growth of mold.
Planning Your Ice Dam Prevention System
There’s a lot of confusion between the techniques used to remove existing ice dams, and a system that proactively prevents ice dams from forming. At New England Ice Solutions we believe in the proactive approach because it keeps you in control of your buildings maintenance, safety and budget. You may have to pay to remove snow from the roof if the weight of the snow exceeds your roofs capacity.
You will not have to worry about icicles, ice dams and their ongoing removal to prevent roof leaks. You can install our ice dam prevention system and turn it on in the fall (off in the spring) and it will go to work for you any time the temperature drops below 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your challenge will be in financing the ice dam prevention system, and we’ll work with you on this. Here are our best tips to help you start planning:
- Take lots of photos of your buildings and the surrounding area. It’s important to understand where the sun reaches your buildings or doesn’t due to trees or other, taller buildings. Winter photos will explain where foliage is different depending on the season.
- Take photos showing all ice dams, and label photos so they can be mapped to your property. This will help prioritize the buildings in order of vulnerability, so we know if we only do 1 or 2 buildings each year due to budget constraints, which ones should be done first.
- Call us for help with a plan to design, estimate and implement your ice dam prevention system. We realize you might not be able to make the full investment in one year, and we’re willing to work with you on a multi-year implementation strategy.