Detecting Hidden Storm Damage on Your Roof

In a previous post, we discussed how to prevent roof damage caused by summer storms. But what should you do if you suspect your commercial roof has been damaged following a storm? In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the key indicators that a severe storm has damaged your roof and the next steps to take before more serious problems arise.

Taking Safety Precautions

When surveying your roof for potential damage, it’s crucial to take certain safety precautions. Fortunately, many of the roofs on commercial buildings are flat and easier to traverse safely than sloped roof systems. Just be careful, because even flat roofs can be slick following a storm.

Also, be on the lookout for any algae, mold, or soft spots that may have formed on the roof surface, as these areas can be slippery or structurally unsound. Often, the most dangerous part of surveying a commercial roof is while planting and scaling your ladder. If you want to avoid any safety risks for your team, you can always call a professional to survey any potential damage.

What to Look For

Once you’re safely on your roof, here are some signs it has sustained more serious storm damage:

Signs of Hail Damage

Hail storms are a common cause of significant, noticeable roof damage. If you have a metal roof, damage appears as visible dents in it. If you’re surveying another roofing material, look out for pockmarks left by large hail. You may also notice exposed roofing material that doesn’t match the rest of the roof’s surface. These signs can be key indicators that more significant damage has occurred beneath the roof’s surface, and you should plan to schedule a professional inspection.

Signs of Wind and Debris Damage

After a severe storm, wind and debris can cause visible roof damage. Look for areas where tree branches may have rubbed against or crashed into your roof. Examine these spots more closely for underlying industrial roof damage. If you notice large areas of debris on your roof, remove the debris and inspect the roof underneath.

If you suspect broader structural damage and you have access to the crawlspace, you should attempt to assess roof’s integrity from the inside. With commercial roofs, however, high winds alone rarely cause frequent roof damage, so you should be on the lookout for visible debris damage. Make sure to check for any dark lines, cracks, or damaged seams.

Your Commercial Roof Repair Experts

If you suspect your roof has been damaged following a storm, it’s always wise to work with a team of experts to decide the best course of action. Following a severe storm, the experts at C.I. Services can inspect your roof safely and efficiently and help you decide how to maximize your roofing investment. Contact us today whether you’re ready to schedule an appointment or you just have a quick question.