Severe weather season is just around the corner, and as anyone in the Southeast U.S. knows severe storms are often accompanied by hail. As an Atlanta business owner or property manager you should know the importance of hail damage inspections, and when you should have one performed. We’ve included some information below that will enlighten you.
The Federal Alliance of Safe Homes claims that on a yearly basis, hail results in $1.6 billion in roof damage. Certain states experience severe storms more frequently during the spring season than others, which means more hail damage. What’s alarming is the fact that hail damage may not be obvious until months or even years later. Because the majority of insurance companies limit the time frame in which you can file a claim, it’s vital to have your commercial or industrial roof inspected right away by professionals who know the signs of damage.
Flat roofs are commonly used in commercial and industrial businesses, and are capable of making hail damage almost impossible to detect by the untrained eye. You can’t see damage from the ground, and even if you were to go onto the roof (which isn’t recommended) you may not realize any damage exists until you learn the hard way – a year or several years later, the roof starts leaking.
The best advice we can give you is to have a trusted and experienced Atlanta commercial roofing contractor inspect your roof right away, before you contact the insurance company. This way it can be determined whether in fact your company’s roof has sustained an amount of hail damage the insurance company would find substantial enough to support a claim.
When inspecting the roof a professional contractor can spot damage you likely would have missed, and even determine whether the damage occurred recently or is older. If you do in fact have hail damage from a recent storm, you’ll want to make sure the contractor who performed the inspection is available to meet with the insurance adjuster in order to support the findings and ensure the adjuster is aware of damage/problems that exist while he/she takes a look at the roof.
At Kelco Roofing we know how expensive a roof is, and how costly it can be to repair substantial damage or even replace the entire roof depending on how extensive the damage is. If you miss the window of time in which you can file a claim or don’t even realize the damage caused by a hail storm it will cost you dearly down the road. When severe storms come rumbling through and wind or hail is a factor, be sure to give our Atlanta roofing company a call for a professional inspection. Protect your business and enjoy peace of mind.