Preparing for Severe Weather
If a hurricane or tornado tore off your roof today, would you know what to do? We do!
Here are six recommendations to help you prevent potential severe damage to the roof of your buildings that may develop from high winds and heavy rain that could be generated by hurricanes, tropical storms or tornados:
Airborne objects cause the most damage to buildings during high winds. Walk your roof and remove all debris that might become airborne.
Severe ponding of water on roofs can lead to total roof collapse. Check all drains and clean all debris in and around them to maximize water runoff from the roof during periods of heavy rains. Keep in mind that the dead-load weight for one gallon of water is equal to 8.33 pounds. A 200 sq. ft. pond on your roof at an average depth of 3 inches increases the dead-load bearing weight upon a structural deck system close to 3,000 pounds. This weight can be concentrated in a relatively small area in and around the drains. This condition can significantly decrease the designed safety load that was intended for the structural decking system and has been the major contributing factor in roof collapses in the past.
Proper drainage of your roof system is critical. Clean all gutters and check downspout drainage.
Many roofs are lost to high winds because the perimeter sheet metal has not been adequately secured. Inspect metal coping and secure all loose panels and joints.
Critical components of mechanical equipment can be lost during a storm if not properly secured. Secure all HVAC access panels and loose parts.
Large projectiles can cause a huge amount of damage during severe storms. Secure all common area items such as trash containers, benches, urns, etc. that are not secured to the property.
At Chamberlin, our technicians are available to our clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of a roofing emergency we can survey your property, assess possible damage and make any necessary temporary repairs within 24 hours or less depending on the severity of the storm and the requests for help. We keep an inventory of the material necessary to temporarily stop the water from entering your building and minimizing damage to the contents.
Call your local Chamberlin office today to create an emergency plan and secure priority service for your urgent roofing and waterproofing needs. A little preparation now will ultimately protect your building and tenants when severe weather strikes.