After the Storm: Inspect Your Buildings to Avoid Expensive Repairs

July 28, 2017

Storm season is in full swing, and while most of us remember to assess our homes for damage after a storm, we may not always do the same for our offices and facilities. Storms can take quite a toll on buildings, too — especially roofing, windows, doors, siding and HVAC equipment.

After any type of storm, conduct a thorough inspection of your building and property for storm damage. If you suspect or identify damage, it’s best to work with an experienced commercial roofing contractor or inspector to ensure the proper documentation in the event of an insurance claim.

If you spot damage to trees and to cars parked on or near the property, that’s a good indicator of possible storm damage to your building.

Areas to Inspect

Here are the most important areas to assess for storm damage:

The roof. Storms, especially those that produce hail, can cause damage that isn’t immediately evident. Flat roofs can disguise hail damage for years before leaks become problematic. Storms can also loosen granules on shingles, which clog gutters and downspouts, so take the time to clear those out as well. It’s important to make any necessary repairs to roofing because damage can cause accelerated wear and tear, reduced shingle life, leaking, water damage, mold and structural damage, including roof collapse.

HVAC equipment. Check connections and parts on air conditioners, vents and other outdoor components to ensure everything is in proper working order.

Windows and doors. Sometimes, storms are strong enough to crack glass or even shatter it.

How We Can Help

J&P Site Experts performs roofing inspection, repairs and new roof installation. Call our team of experts at 262.346.8451 or complete our contact form for more information, or to learn about our other facility maintenance services and products designed especially for financial institutions.