Your business's exterior appearance attracts customers and makes clients feel comfortable. Along with the windows, entry doors, paint, siding and brickwork, the roof needs to give a professional appearance. Here's where commercial roofing services come in — especially if your building has recently sustained storm damage.
Whether you have asphalt shingles, metal or another type of roofing surface, hail can cause problems that range from minor dings to major cracks and holes. Even though hail isn't a frequent occurrence, when the weather gets wild you need to know what to do.
Take a look at the some of the most common questions that business owners have about these frozen little spheres and how commercial roof services can help after the storm subsides.
Can Small Hail Damage a Roof?
Hail ranges in size from the diameter of a pea to the size of a softball. The biggest single hailstone on record fell in 2010 in Vivian, South Dakota. It had a diameter of 8 inches, a circumference of 18.62 inches and a weight of 1 pound 15 ounces, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Even though it's more likely that a larger-sized hailstone will cause greater damage to your building's roof, the pea-sized ones can still cause serious problems.
Along with the amount of hail that falls, the speed at which the wind hurls it towards your roof is also a major factor. Fast flying small hail that's caught in wild winds can damage your building just as much as the larger sizes can.
Can You Assess Hail Damage Yourself?
This is a tricky question. Yes, you can stand on the ground and see noticeable holes, cracks or dents. And yes, you can see (and feel) the water dripping into your home through a hail damage-related leak. But you can't evaluate the full scale of damage without the help of a professional.
Again, here's where commercial roofing contractors can be of service. Let the pros take over if you suspect that you have hail damage. A roofing professional who specializes in commercial repair services can safely get onto your roof and assess the damage. They can also provide you with a recommendation for repair or replacement. Keep in mind, the professional may find damage in places where you wouldn't know to look or find problems that aren't readily noticeable to the novice.
Is It Okay to Let Minor Hail Damage Go?
It's tempting to let a few dents or something that doesn't look serious go. But what looks minor to you may turn into something that's much more severe down the road. Small cracks or holes that are barely visible can look deceptively insignificant. Any crack, gap, break or hole in a roof breaks its water-tight barrier and can allow the elements in.
Between the unprofessional look that a dented and cracked roof has and the possibility of serious indoor property damage, hiring a commercial roofing contractor for post-hail storm repairs is a step that you can't afford to skip.