With tornado season approaching it's important you prepare yourself for potential wind damage and other severe weather damage to your commercial roof. In this article we're going to cover which aspect of your roofing system is most vulnerable, signs of potential wind damage, the process around having a professional assessment done as well as what the repair process looks like if you need work completed.
What Part of a Commercial Roof is Most Affected by Wind Damage?
Wind damage will affect the entirety of your commercial roof. The part most affected is dependent on the type of roofing system you have. A standard form of commercial roofing is low-slope roof systems. On these roofing systems, the perimeter of the roof, especially the corners, are the most vulnerable. These vulnerabilities are due to how wind uplift pressures work,
“Roof damage caused by wind occurs when the air pressure below the roofing assembly is greater than the air pressure above the building's roof. As wind flows over the building, the pressure directly above the surface of the roof decreases. At the same time, internal air pressure increases due to air infiltration through openings, cracks, etc. The result is a net upward force on the roofing system. Wind uplift is what this force is referred to as.”
The faster the wind speed, and the taller the building, and the higher above ground the roof is, the stronger the uplift pressure is. The more powerful the uplift pressure is, the more vulnerable your roofing system is and sturdy it needs to be.
Signs of Wind Damage to Your Commercial Roof
As we just discussed, the edges and corners of a roof are the most vulnerable. Because of this, they will typically be the first to show damage. Once compromised, damage to the sides of the roof can lead to cascading failure through the interior of the roofing system. Look for roof coverings which have been lifted and peeled back from the edges. If you do have a flat roof, look for damage to the flashing (the metal strips which run along the sides of your roof). These prevent water or other debris from compromising your system by securing the roofing materials. If the flashing is bent or damaged in any way, this can lead to water damage.
Unfortunately, even minor damage to a roofing system can lead to water damage. Due to this, you should be on the lookout for not only damage to the exterior of the roof, but any signs of water damage. Cracked or blistering surfaces can be a sign of trapped moisture and lead to leaking if not handled quickly. Look for interior water stains and be aware of any signs of mold (both visual signs or people noticing foul odors).
Any of the items mentioned above can be signs of damage and should be professionally assessed by a roofing specialist as soon as possible. Having a professional assessment completed as quickly as possible after any damage can help prevent further deterioration and minimize costs.
Roofing Damage Professional Assessment
If your company notices any signs of damage, or would like to have peace of mind after a severe storm, and decides to have a professional roofing assessment completed is a relatively simple process for you. The roofing company you choose will coordinate schedules to have their team come to your location. They will conduct a health assessment of your roof, evaluating all aspects and prioritizing any signs of damage. They will provide you an in-depth report consisting of photos, proposed solutions, and costs of these solutions. They'll discuss everything with you in a way you can understand and empower you to make an educated decision on what further actions to take.
Dependent on your insurance plan, inclement weather and wind damage will be covered. Your commercial roofing repair company will assist you in navigating an insurance claim to ensure you pay as little as possible.
Temporarily Repaired Roof After Wind Damage
The Repair Process (If Necessary)
Our commercial roof repair process is swift and effective. Once an emergency call comes in for wind damage (or any other type of damage), we will contact our emergency response team. Once on location, the team will complete any necessary immediate or temporary repairs upon your approval.
Next, we will assign a Project Manager to your project. A roof assessment will be completed to determine necessary permanent repairs. We will provide you a proposal for recommended next actions, which may be permanent corrections or a potentially complete roof replacement. Our repair team will then be scheduled and work on your roof will begin.
As you can see, it's essential to prepare yourself to handle any potential wind damage to your commercial roofing system. Regardless if it's tornado season or any other time of your, you need to be on the lookout for signs of damage and be ready to act quickly to minimize costs. Luckily for you, you're not alone. Companies like us are here to assist you through the process and protect your roofing investment.
We opened our first office almost 100 years ago and started helping countless companies like yours across the country. With our extensive roofing experience you can rest assured knowing no matter what damage your roof may sustain, we have you covered.
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