It’s hurricane season in Florida, and the latest storm to come up the Gulf Coast is likely to wreak havoc in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as well. As the waters recede and winds die down, it is imperative for property owners to inspect their buildings to assess any storm damage. One area that cannot be ignored is the roof. While many property managers only go up on the roof if they suspect a leak, inspecting for any damage after every major storm is a good habit. No matter where your business is located, rough weather is a possibility. Whether tornadoes, hailstorms, or hurricanes that deliver extraordinary wind and rain, storms can cause significant damage to roofing systems.
After the Storm
Once the storm passes and everyone is safe, it is time to consider getting back to business as usual. There are many types of damage that can occur after a significant weather event, including:
Wind Damage: Tropical storm-force winds are classified as between 39 mph and 74 mph. Winds stronger than 74 mph are deemed hurricane-force winds. While there is a lot of emphasis placed on a storm developing into a hurricane, less severe storms can result in sudden, sharp gusts that can lift up any areas that are not sealed or have missing seams.
Standing or Pooled Water: Roofs without adequate drainage can experience issues with standing water after heavy rainstorms, especially in any uneven areas of the roof. This is especially true if large amounts of rain fall in a very short period of time. Clogged gutters can result in backed-up rainwater, potentially allowing moisture to penetrate the underlayment or the roof deck.
Debris: Hurricane-force winds, like tornados, are notorious for picking up a lot of debris that can land on top of the building. While small branches may land on the roof during a thunderstorm, the entire tree can fly during a major weather event – as can stop signs and other random debris. Large objects traveling at high speeds can impact the surface of the roof, making it vulnerable to moisture intrusion.
Storm Damage Roof Inspection
The best strategy for roof care is to have a maintenance contract in place. This ensures that your roof remains in good repair year-round but also ensures that you have access to a professional roofing contractor to help you with damage assessment after a storm.
Property managers can (carefully) assess the roof visually but should schedule a professional roof inspection as soon as possible. Be aware that roofers and repair companies are likely to be booked solid after a major regional weather event. If you do not have a relationship in place, be wary of anyone offering discounts or deals that seem too good to be true. Scams run rampant after disasters.
A professional commercial roofing contractor will:
- Evaluate any damage and offer a professional assessment
- Provide a good faith estimate on repair costs
- Offer potential solutions for roof repair or replacement
It’s important for property owners to know what to ask when hiring a commercial roofing contractor. Considerations may include:
- Confirm the contractor is licensed, insured, and offers a solid warranty
- Research online reviews
- Ensure they have a solid reputation and relationship with the communities they serve
Unicoat Industrial Roofing Solutions
After you have sustained storm damage to your commercial roof, you need to talk to someone you can trust. While it may be necessary to remove the roof and install a new one, more often than not, our roof coating solutions can repair your roof more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Call today to learn more about our services and roof maintenance plans.