Is the Exterior of Your Commercial Property Ready for a Storm?
Five Steps To Prepare the Exterior Of a Commercial Property For a Storm
Storms can cause extensive damage to the exterior of a commercial property. Depending on the level of commercial insurance coverage held by the building owner, there may be limits on the external portions of the property that are protected. Review your coverage, schedule a building inspection, and perform exterior maintenance on a regular basis.
Five steps that will help owners prepare the exterior of a commercial property for a storm.
1. Choose exterior doors rated for high wind speeds.
Exterior damage quickly becomes interior damage if a door fails. Exterior doors should be tested to stand up to wind loads and the frames should be anchored. Check to make sure these doors have appropriate drainage, flashing, sealant, and tracks. Door failure rapidly raises internal pressure and can cause structural damage.
2. Clear drainage systems.
Functional drainage systems prevent water from pooling on the roof or around the foundation of a structure. Clear roof drains, downspouts, and gutters several times a year as part of an exterior maintenance routine.
3. Trim trees.
Removing dead or loose branches from nearby trees can limit the extent of storm damage.
4. Secure loose items that may blow away or cause damage.
Don't forget about antennas on the roof or potted plants and trash cans on the ground.
5. Anchor outside HVAC equipment.
These components should be securely installed on a concrete pad. Depending on the severity of a storm, you may want to use hurricane straps or shut off these systems and cover equipment with a secured tarp.
These five exterior maintenance and storm preparation steps can help owners limit the extent of damage to the exterior of a commercial structure. Keeping your building maintained can pay off during adverse weather events. If the exterior or interior of a commercial property becomes damaged during a storm, contact us for help!
Our SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm damage and can respond quickly.