Significant hailstorms may produce millions, occasionally even billions, of dollars in damages to commercial roofing, roof-mounted equipment and siding, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.
At such a high price, business owners might assume they can wait to repair any hail damage to their commercial building, as additional business costs or repairs become a priority. Discover the risks of waiting to repair hailstorm damage with tips from the pros at Triangle Legacy.
Even small hail will cause massive damage
Hail that’s less than 1.25” in diameter typically will not damage commercial roof coverings. But, if your roof has 3-tab asphalt shingles, hail that is as small as 1”may cause damage. Do not assume that because a recent hail storm did not seem serious, your roof was not damaged. The longer you put off fixing small problems, the costlier repairs might be.
If not fixed, hail damage may lead to bigger problems
Even if you do not see water leaking into the building, it does not mean your roof has not suffered severe damage. Hail storm damage left untreated may, over a period of time, lead to holes and cracks in the roof. Those cracks may cause roof leaks and failures, perhaps even leading to issues with flooding and mold. If you put off treating minor hail damage, it might cost your business.
Cosmetic damage might hurt your business
Roof hail damage may be categorized as cosmetic or functional damage. Functional damage must be immediately repaired, since the roof is no longer functioning like it should. On the other hand, cosmetic damage does not affect the functionality of the roof, it just looks ugly.
You might have problems with your insurance company
If you put off making an insurance claim, repair expenses might not be covered. If your insurance company learns that damage was caused because the roof was left neglected after a storm, you potentially could discover yourself in violation of the policy, which means all reparations have to be paid out-of-pocket.
For more information on our commercial water damage services contact Triangle Legacy today!