Wind and Rain Effects on Commercial Roofing
During the summer and fall in northern Alabama, the wind and rain of frequent storms can severely damage commercial roofs. High winds can tear roofing materials, flashings and damage the deck. In severe cases, the roof can be blown off. Following storms, the remaining standing water can cause damage to the entire structure. The build-up of debris prevents water runoff and clogs drainage. When you understand the potential of severe weather on commercial roofs, you’ll be more attentive to the building’s maintenance and repair. At MG Roofing, our team works with you to prevent damage and help you recover when damage does occur.
High Wind Damage
The potential for damage from high winds cannot be underestimated. While many think about the potential of damage from natural disasters such as tornados and hurricanes, plenty of damage is done by gusting winds. These types of winds cause forces that twist, lift and can suction roof elements in ways that produce high levels of stress. These stressors can create severe damage to a commercial roof system.
Severe Weather and Commercial Roof Damage
There are several ways that wind and rain can affect commercial roof systems. Beyond the damage that severe winds can cause, pounding rains can also impact your HVAC system. In some cases, the unit can be torn from the roofing system itself. With metal roofs, there is the risk of having sections of the roof torn off or compromised. When a storm system is accompanied by hail and flying debris, severe damage can occur. This puts the company’s inventory, resources and materials at risk. Damage that causes openings in the roof also compromises the structural integrity of the whole structure.
Preventing Damage and Caring for Commercial Roofs
It’s difficult to predict when severe weather could compromise a commercial roofing system. The best preventive steps are to provide regular maintenance and inspections to the roof system. By working with trusted partners, if damage does occur, there is a resource to turn to. Plus, these professionals will understand any special characteristics and the condition of the roof system.
At MG Roofing, our team works with commercial properties throughout northern Alabama. We can provide regular inspections and will be on the scene should wind, rain or severe weather damage occur. When forceful precipitation happens, our team will ensure that your drainage is functioning properly to ensure the safety of the entire structure. Before high winds happen, our team will inspect the flashings and the overall roof system for any signs of weakness. They will also ensure that the system is installed correctly. The best prevention for wind, rain and severe weather damage for commercial roof systems is a properly installed roof that uses appropriate materials. A strong roof that is regularly maintained is the best way to keep a commercial roof system from failing. With the severe weather in northern Alabama, taking steps to prepare is worth the effort. Don’t wait! Schedule your inspection today!