Rob Kornahrens, Advanced Roofing
The captivating images of the effects of recent Louisiana and Alabama hurricanes are a strong reminder of the need to protect commercial roofs from winds of 180 miles per hour.
To protect your building from roof leaks and storm damage, every business should have a preventive maintenance plan with at least one check every six months. Today, many Gulf Coast home builders find that their roof warranties only cover up to 74 miles per hour, which is not enough to cover losses.
This hurricane season serves as a reminder to consider a wind rider for your roof, especially if there is a possibility of design and installation imperfections. An established roofer can negotiate the terms of a wind driver policy that provides coverage of up to 180 mph of wind in addition to the general savings of the policy. By taking this extra step, you are likely to avoid having an insurance company deny coverage after a major storm or event.
You should also protect your business by doing the following:
- Make sure you have a cloud-based roof maintenance plan. This allows property managers and builders to easily access information about roof systems.
- In some cases there are roof upgrades that may have been added without proper installation and may not have building standards to meet wind speeds of 180 mph. Now is the time for an assessment by an established roofer.
- Recent seasonal changes, including heavy rain and winds, may require observance of timely measures to include repairs. Often, debris should be removed from trees. Gutters and drains need to be cleared and in some cases aging materials need to be replaced.
- Most roof maintenance programs are tax deductible. By making sure you have a good plan from a qualified roofing company, you will extend the life of your building and protect your business.
Before the next hurricane, this is an opportunity for business owners to take these additional measures and ensure a post-storm recovery with no potential insurance issues.
Rob Kornahrens is CEO of Advanced Roofing and can be found at www.advancedroofing.com
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