It is important to have your commercial roof inspected promptly following a hailstorm. Hail varies in size, shape, and hardness that fall in random patterns on your commercial roofing system. The direction of the hail is determined by the wind. Hail impacts can cause fractures, punctures, tears, and granule loss depending on the type of your commercial roof system and its condition at the time of the hail event. Even small hail warrants an inspection as weathering and repeated exposure to hail causes roofing material to weaken over time, shortening the lifespan of your commercial roof and making your roof vulnerable to leaks.
At Orbit Roofing we have experience working with commercial hail damage insurance claims and work with all insurance carriers. When you choose to work with Orbit Roofing to replace your hail damaged commercial roof, we will start your service with a complete and thorough roof inspection at no cost to you. After determining the scope of work, we will prepare an estimate detailing your repairs. We will analyze the type of coverage you have in your insurance policy to help you get the most out of your policy when replacing your hail damaged commercial roof. We use the same estimation software that most insurance carriers use, meaning differences in pricing are based on the scope of the project, not per unit pricing.
Residential and commercial roofing systems are drastically different and identifying hail damage on low-slope roof systems means that your roofer needs to be experienced in working with commercial roof systems. At Orbit Roofing we understand the properties of low-slope commercial roof systems and can identify manufacturing issues and typical weathering issues inherent to commercial roofs. A commercial roof system is not functionally damaged by hail unless its weather resistance capabilities are diminished, or the roof’s expected service life is reduced. The damage caused to a commercial roof system depends on the size and hardness of the hail and the condition of the commercial roof system it impacts. If you are concerned about the condition of your roof and its ability to withstand hailstorms, we can discuss roof coatings that will prolong the life of your roof. Roof coatings can be applied to older commercial roof systems that are in good condition as well as to new commercial roof systems. Orbit Roofing offers a variety of commercial roofing solutions to fit your budget and needs.
If you have already received an estimate for roof repairs or roof replacement from your insurance company, it can be beneficial to share the insurance estimate with your roofer. Following a hailstorm, commercial property insurance adjusters can be under pressure to complete many roof inspections in a short amount of time, resulting in missed damages and incorrect measurements. Missed damages and incorrect measurements can result in a shortage of funds to replace or repair your commercial roofing system. These amounts must be supplemented if you want the cost of repairing or replacing your commercial roof fully covered. If we know up front which repairs will have to be included in the supplement, it can save time in the insurance claims process, meaning you can get back to business as usual even faster.
After a hailstorm, you should have your commercial roof inspected promptly. Hail impacts have the potential to compromise the watertight integrity of your commercial roofing system. Clear visual evidence of damage in any roofing material will be seen as cracks, fractures, indentations, or punctures and these need to be addressed immediately. However, less obvious damage can lead to leaks and failure of the commercial roof system in the future. Even if leaks do not occur immediately, the roofing membrane in single ply commercial roofing systems can be weakened, shortening its life expectancy. Hail can weaken the adhesive bond between the roof membrane and the insulation, which can worsen over time. An extreme weather event in the future could cause the membrane to completely detach from the insulation. At Orbit Roofing, we can provide a comprehensive assessment of the health of your commercial roofing system and work with you and your insurance carrier to find a cost-effective solution for your commercial roofing needs.