What You Don’t Know About Hail Damage Could Cost Your Business Big!
(and what you can do about it)
Repair, Restoration, and Replacement Recommendations
Hailstorms, often declared natural disasters, can strike in any season.
New roofs (installed less than 2 years ago) will most likely withstand a hailstorm without damage because the roofing material is still flexible enough to bounce back after impact. Roofs are exposed to all the elements, but the sun can be the most damaging. Over time, ultraviolet light will degrade the roofing membrane causing it to become brittle. Now think about those sharp objects pelting down at over a hundred miles an hour!
WHAT TO DO? HAVE YOUR ROOF INSPECTED BY A SBS
REPRESENTATIVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER A HAILSTORM!
How does hail damage your roof?
The impact of hail hitting your roof can create small fractures in the underlying roofing membrane yet only the slightest mark may be visible on the surface. Over the course of 3-18 months, these small fractures allow moisture in which is then absorbed by the insulation. Once the insulation is saturated, interior leaks appear. By then the hailstorm is far from your mind as the possible cause of the leaks. Hail also damages a roof by denting and distorting the substrate underneath making it stretch and become thinner. This can compromise the waterproof integrity of the roof and shorten its life expectancy.
HAIL STONES CAN VARY FROM PEA SIZE TO 7″ IN DIAMETER. ANYTHING LARGER THAN 1-3/4″
HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INFLICT SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO YOUR ROOF AND CAUSE IT TO LEAK.
Claiming Hail Damage On Your Insurance Policy
What happens when you contact your insurance company?
An adjuster will be sent out to inspect your roof. It is in your best interest to have a SBS Representative present when the adjuster determines the extent of the damage. Be sure to note not only damage to the main part of the roof, but also skylights and vents; determine how many indentations there are in a 10′ square which can be then used as an
average for overall roof damage. Once the insurance company accepts your claim they will inform you how much they will pay to fix the damage. Most insurance companies work from databases that contain averages for various construction items; these are guidelines and you can request your claim be re-adjusted. [Note: A claim can cause
your premium to increase.] Rest assured, an SBS Representative can work with your insurance company to get your damaged roof repaired.
Repair your hail-damaged roof for a fraction of the replacement cost.
Choose a Seamless Building System’s Roof Restoration System.
That’s where an SBS Restoration comes in. Silicone creates a durable, glossy, seamless membrane that seals your roof so water can’t work its way into those cracks made by hail. Silicone protects against permanent ponding water,
ultraviolet light and severe weather. And if applied in white, in some cases it can help reduce your building’s cooling costs by lowering the ambient roof temperature by up to 20 degrees, helps you avoid time-consuming and costly tear-offs, extends the life of your roof, renews and rejuvenates, is ideal for use on virtually any roof, makes re-covering the responsible choice, and has labor and material warranties available up to 20 years.
ROOFS CAN SUSTAIN SEVERE DAMAGE DURING A HAILSTORM BUT OWNERS AND BUILDING OCCUPANTS WON’T REALIZE THAT UNTIL THE ROOF IS BEGINNING TO LEAK. DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOUR ROOF STARTS TO LEAK!
Get Your Roof Inspected!
Give us a call at 262-354-0872 or fill out this form to get your FREE commercial roof inspected!