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Understanding How Hail Can Damage Your Commercial Building

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

How Hail Can Damage Your Commercial Building

Severe weather can cause substantial roof damage to your building in Mariner, FL, and hail can be especially devastating. A hailstorm can lead to costly problems, including the following.

Structural Damage
Your roof can sustain damage when dense ice pellets up to three inches in diameter, falling from the sky at high velocity and land on your rooftop. Damage can include:

  • Asphalt cracks and holes
  • Granule loss
  • Shingle detachment

Hail can also damage gutters that direct water to flow off your roof and away from your building's foundation. Hail not only dislodges gutters; it can clog them, preventing them from performing the necessary function of directing water.

Water Leaks
Hail that causes roof damage can lead to water penetrating and flooding your building's interior. Common indicators that your roof is compromised following a hailstorm include high humidity, the appearance of brown spots on walls and ceiling, leaking electrical fixtures on the ceiling below your roof, and visible mold. Mold spores in your building can quickly spread and cause costly damage requiring the intervention of a professional cleaning and mold remediation service.

Poor Insulation
Water that enters your building through cracks and holes resulting from hail damage can compromise your building's insulation. Water-soaked insulation cannot perform the functions of retaining hot or cool air to regulate internal temperature. It can cause your heating and cooling system to work harder and your energy bills to rise.

Broken Equipment
Hail that pummels the HVAC equipment on your building's roof can cause it to malfunction and require costly repair or replacement. Condenser coils on a building's exterior are particularly vulnerable to damage. Hail guards add to the cost of your commercial building's HVAC system, but they can help you avoid irreparable hail damage.

A powerful storm that leads to roof damage can interrupt your business's daily operation in Mariner, FL, but a storm restoration service can help you get back to business as usual.

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