3 Key Roof Repairs to Complete Before a Tornado Hits

The Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety (IBHS) conducted an analysis of all the reported tornadoes rated F2 and stronger throughout the United States, and in the area around Bentonville found that there are an average of one to two reported tornadoes every year, per 100 square miles. There are about 1,000 tornadoes reported every year around the U.S. (mostly in the Midwest and South) and they add up to $1.1 billion in damages.

If your business doesn’t have a plan to mitigate the damage that can potentially come from these tornadoes, now is the time to create one and ensure the safety of your roof before a big tornado comes. Here are three common repairs every commercial building owner should make this spring.

Trim Trees Away From the Building

Trees and other falling debris are some of the primary causes of damage to commercial and residential roofing in Bentonville, AR. Even a relatively weak tornado or one that doesn’t directly hit your building could easily bring with it gusty winds that damage trees and cause branches and flying debris to land on your building (F2 tornadoes have wind speeds between 111-135 mph; F5 wind speeds reach 200+ mph). If you are not inspecting regularly and you leave this debris on the roof for several weeks or months, it can also harbor moisture that will damage your roofing.

Repair Small Leaks Today

Small leaks left unattended will often turn into larger leaks when subjected to hail, heavy rains, and high winds during a tornado. Perform inspections on your commercial roofing at least once per quarter and repair any small leaks immediately because the relatively low cost to repair a small leak will save you a lot more over the costs to fix a major leak or replace a roof later.

Properly Secure All Your Commercial Roofing

Commercial roofing in Bentonville is often made up of several strips of material that are fastened together. If the secure fasteners become loose it poses a significant risk of getting water and other debris underneath, which can destroy the integrity of your roofing. Check that your roof is properly secured and there are no weak links before a tornado hits.

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