With hurricane season in full force this year, it is important to understand how we can prepare a commercial roofing system. Hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th with the peak of the season in August and September.
Even if a hurricane doesn't hit directly, we may still see significant damage and costly repairs that need to be done because of the heavy wind and rain.
Protecting Your Commercial Roof
The best thing you can do is plan for hurricane season and be as prepared as possible. Doing so can ultimately save you time, money, and headaches down the road.
- Preventative Maintenance: a preventative maintenance plan should be in place for your commercial roof. Follow all inspection protocols and check the overall quality of the roof. Make sure to perform any needed repairs right away and inspect the membrane, flashings, sealants, and drainage systems for damage.
- Clean Gutters: it is also important to clean all the gutters and downspouts and clear them of debris that can ultimately cause a blockage. To help with this, trim down trees and bushes that are close to the building to also help prevent roof damage during a storm
- Cover Skylights: if you have older skylights installed on your roof, you should consider covering them with wood or metal to help protect them from flying debris during a storm. Also, make sure that your roof access doors all close properly
- Review Your Insurance Policy: it is also a good idea to review the warranty you have on your roof as well as your insurance policy ahead of a storm. You want to clearly understand the coverage you have available and get any clarification you may need
After the Storm
Once the storm has passed, there are also a few things you should do to ensure that your commercial roof is in good condition.
First, check for any roof leaks inside the building. If you see any, make sure you remove items that can become damaged by the leaking water. You should then document all the damages with photos and videos so you can file your insurance claim.
You would then call your roofing contractor if you need to have repairs on the roof done. This is where knowing your warranty and insurance coverage can come in handy.
Finally, you and the roofing contractor will then have to decide if you are going to need a full replacement of your commercial roofing system or just some repairs.
Why Call Professionals?
It is best to call in professional roofing experts because they have the knowledge and experience that is needed to ensure that your roof is protected. They can also perform all your roof inspections throughout the year to help you stay ahead of any repairs that need to be done.
For more information on how a professional roofing company can help you during hurricane season, contact the experts at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services today.