Finding a Commercial Contractor to Repair Your Storm Damage

When hail hits commercial buildings, potentially serious, yet hard to detect damage is often the result. Hail damage is one of the most costly and least recognized issues, as managers often don't realize the property has suffered serious damage. On an asphalt roof, it can take 2-3 years for the roof to start leaking. On a flat roof, hail damage is often not detected until years later when the roof starts to fail, long after the time to file an insurance claim has expired.

Since it can be difficult to see signs of damage on a commercial building, look for trees or flowers on the property that have been damaged. If parked cars are dented or windows have been broken, there is a good chance there is damage on the roof as well. Be aware that windows, doors, siding and HVAC equipment can sustain serious storm damage and should be inspected closely by a trained professional.

In order for hail damage to be properly assessed on a built-up tar and gravel roof, the gravel needs to be brushed away and a core sample removed and sent to a building forensic lab for analysis. On a modified bitumen roof, hail damage is easier to see because it typically leaves a circular or star shaped dent at the point of impact. Even membrane roofs such as EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Mononmer) are susceptible to hail damage. While the membrane may not be cut, the Styrofoam insulation installed under the membrane may have serious damage, which can lead to future problems.

Other types of commercial roofs that are commonly damaged include flat, foam, composition and metal roofs. Each has its own unique damage profile, so if your property has sustained a direct hit from a hailstorm. Remember, many insurance companies may advise you to repair storm damage, even if your building qualifies for a full roof replacement. To protect yourself, make sure you have a storm damage inspection performed by a reputable commercial restoration contractor who has experience with your type of roof, and with filing complex commercial insurance claims.

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