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Protecting Your Business' Wind-Damaged Roof: 3 Steps To the Repair Process

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Protecting Your Business' Wind-Damaged Roof

The exterior of your Plymouth Meeting, PA, commercial building can be vulnerable to weather damage, including high winds. Wind storms can have an especially serious affect on your building’s roof and cause many different issues, including a roof leak and damage from flying debris. If your business’ roof has been affected by high winds, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of additional issues and to facilitate the repair process.

1. Call a Mitigation Service

If your roof is missing shingles and has loose building material that may cause damage to nearby structures, it is a good idea to call a storm damage and mitigation service to have the roof cleared and damaged materials torn out. Mitigation techs can also use tarps and plywood to temporarily patch up any holes that may let in rainwater and cause damage to the interior of your building.

2. Asses Risks From Nearby Structures or Landscaping

If high winds continue to blow once your roof has been damaged, it might be vulnerable to blowing debris from a nearby property. For example, if you own a small building located in an area with many trees, broken branches could exacerbate any existing damage to your roof. Consider having any trees on your property trimmed back and ask nearby business owners to maintain their property’s trees as well.

3. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Filing a claim for your damaged roof as soon as possible can fund repair costs with more efficiency. While mitigation can help protect a broken roof to some degree, it may be prone to further damage or failure if repairs are delayed. It is a good idea to work with your provider throughout the filing process, whether you are dealing with a roof leak or a more serious issue.

High winds can damage your Plymouth Meeting, PA, commercial building’s roof in a variety of ways. However, knowing how to protect it from a roof leak and other problems until repairs can be made may reduce costs and prevent business loss.

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