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How To Prevent Wind Damage to Your Commercial Property

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Image of 2 workers fixing the roof of a building. Regular roof maintenance can keep your building safe from wind damage.

When high winds hit Blackfoot, ID, is your commercial property ready to handle them? From preventing a busted window to stopping a roof leak before it can start, regular roof maintenance and inspections can keep your building and grounds safe from wind damage.

3 Places to Perform Regular Maintenance to Avoid Wind Damage

1. Roof

Wind damage prevention starts from the top down. In order to avoid a damaged roof:

  • Ensure the sheathing and all shingles are nailed down tight.
  • Look for any gaps or missing shingles and fill them.
  • Check that any rooftop elements are secure, such as pipes, skylights and chimneys.
  • Confirm that the roof and walls are firmly fastened to one another, which can prevent an updraft from dislodging the roof.

2. Window, Doors and Exterior Walls

While wind damage may be synonymous with “roof leak” in many people’s minds, it’s just as important to protect the rest of your building’s exterior if you want to avoid making a call to your local wind damage restoration company. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Make sure siding is attached firmly.
  • Ensure that windows are connected tightly, too.
  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Inspect walls for cracks that might let in water or debris.

3. Outdoor Property

When high winds are on the horizon, it can be easy to forget about your building’s outdoor elements, such as sheds and dumpsters, as well as the potential for damage from nature. Before you finish battening down the hatches, take the following steps to secure your surroundings:

  • Move any inventory, supplies and equipment that you can inside.
  • Be sure all outbuildings are anchored to the ground.
  • Ensure all signage is adequately anchored to the ground or the building.
  • Keep nearby trees trimmed and remove dead branches promptly.
  • Inspect any other outdoor elements, such as fencing, lights or dumpsters, to ensure that they’re secure.

Regular maintenance is crucial for preventing a roof leak or ruined equipment during a storm. Taking a few minutes every month to check in with your commercial property’s defenses is well worth the effort in the long run.

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