Storm damage is the last thing you want your commercial property to experience, and your roof often takes the brunt of the beating. And because most commercial properties use flat or low-slope roofing, the steps you need to take differ from the repair process of a residential property. Billings Construction Group discusses how to deal with storm damage to your commercial roofing system.
Q: Are Inspections Necessary?
A: The difficulty with storms is that the damage they do to your roof tends to vary from the obvious to the hidden. As such, it’s important that you have a professional roofer do the inspections for you. The small cracks and leaks that you might dismiss could be critical to your future repair project, and might put your roof at risk if you fail to address them.
When we do an in-depth inspection on your commercial roof, we make sure to take into consideration all the minute details. We’re meticulous with this step as it ensures that our storm damage repair successfully addresses your roofing problems.
Q: When Should I File Insurance?
A: The next step is filing for insurance. Most business owners tend to make this the first step, but it’s more advantageous to have a roofer do a preliminary inspection beforehand as you (and your insurance provider) will have a clearer and more in-depth idea of what kind of compensation you require for your repair project.
Q: Is It Necessary To Replace The Roof Immediately?
A: The nature of the damage to your roof is what will help you determine if your commercial roofing needs replaced or just repaired. Hail damage usually only requires repair work, and it’s very rare that roofing companies would suggest a complete replacement. Storm damage, on the other hand, is more variable.
As a general rule, if your damaged commercial roof is old or close to the end of its operating life span, replacing it is more economical since the cost to repair it is almost equal to getting a new roof anyway.
Give us a call at (918) 600-9565 for more information on our services. We offer storm damage repair throughout Tulsa, OK.