Hailstorms can wreak havoc on commercial roofs, causing significant damage that may not always be immediately visible. Whether you own a small business or manage a large commercial property, it’s crucial to address roof damage promptly to prevent further deterioration and costly repairs. For safety, it’s always best to hire a commercial roofing contractor to conduct an in-depth inspection.
Once on the roof, the roofing contractor should conduct a thorough visual inspection. Signs of hail damage may include:
- Dents or cracks on the roofing membrane or shingles
- Loose or missing roofing materials
- Granule loss on asphalt shingles
- Bent or damaged flashing
- Clogged or damaged drainage systems
- Document the Damage
It’s important to document any damage with photographs and notes. Detailed documentation will be crucial when filing an insurance claim.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Reach out to your insurance provider as soon as possible to report the hail damage. Provide them with the documentation gathered during the inspection. An adjuster will assess the damage and guide you through the claims process. Be sure to follow their instructions and keep records of all communication.
If your commercial roof has significant damage that poses an immediate threat to your property, a roofing contractor may recommend temporary repairs to prevent further damage. These repairs might include tarping or patching affected areas until permanent fixes can be made.
Permanent Repairs or Replacement
Depending on the extent of the damage, the roofing contractor will recommend either repairs or a complete roof replacement. Keep in mind that some insurance policies may cover the full replacement cost if the damage is extensive. Trust your contractor’s expertise to make the right decision for your specific situation.
After repairing or replacing your commercial roof, regular maintenance is key to prolonging its lifespan and preventing future damage. Schedule annual inspections and maintenance with a professional roofer to identify and address minor issues before they escalate.
A hailstorm can be a daunting experience for commercial property owners, but taking prompt and appropriate action is essential to minimize long-term damage and costly repairs. Safety, documentation, insurance claims, professional guidance, and regular maintenance all play critical roles in ensuring your commercial roof remains in good condition. By following these steps, you can protect your investment and maintain a safe and secure working environment for your business. Contact us for a thorough hail damage inspection.