The summer in Alabama is notorious for severe storms. From the whipping winds to hail and heavy rainfall, storms have the power to cause extensive damage to a commercial roof. Although commercial roofs are built to withstand heavy rain, a heavy storm can cause damage such as leaks, ripped-off shingles, and water stains on the ceilings. If there is storm damage to the roof of your business, it can lead to more serious and expensive problems. Here are some of the effects winds and rain can have on your commercial roof.
A tornado or a strong thunderstorm can cause significant wind damage to your commercial roof. The wind can cause damage to the roof in a couple of different ways, including blowing off individual shingles, which can cause leaks that lead to extensive damage when it goes untreated. In some situations, the wind can rip off an entire roof. Strong winds also carry a vast array of items that can land on the roof and cause damage. Falling debris, such as limbs, can pierce the roof, causing structural damages. It’s important that you carefully inspect the roof following a storm to check for shingles that are curling, cracked, or missing. If you notice a problem, contact a local roofing company to do a thorough inspection and repairs as soon as possible.
With storms comes rain. Oftentimes it's heavy rainfall, and water will generally find a way in if there is one available. Cracks and small holes often go unnoticed, which will allow water to seep into the roof and stay there. This trapped water may lead to several types of roof damage, and the excess weight can put pressure on the frame and weaken the roof. Heavy rainfall can cause water to pool on a commercial roof, and if there isn’t proper sealing near the chimney or skylights, the rainwater will congregate and eventually leak into the roof and the ceiling. Leaks can damage merchandise as well as cause mold and mildew, which can be a health hazard. After a heavy storm, it’s important to check for water stains on interior walls and ceilings, which are an indication of a roof leak. If you notice a musty smell but cannot locate the source, it may be due to water that has pooled inside the walls or rafters, so you should have the roof inspected immediately.
The impact of storm damage can sometimes be difficult to find, so following a storm, you should look around the exterior of your business. Look in the lawn and parking lot for signs of debris, such as shingles that have been ripped off or large items that may have struck the roof before landing in the parking lot. The best way to determine if there is roof damage is with a roof inspection. A professional and experienced roofing company will be able to identify damages that you may miss. Keep in mind that any damages, regardless of how minor they may seem, may end up causing more extensive and expensive damages.
If your business has gone through a recent storm and suffered roof damage, contact MG Roofing, Inc. to schedule an inspection.