Storm Lessons from 2017 to Take into 2018

January 18, 2018


From tornadoes to severe thunderstorms, whipping winds, torrential downpours and hail, 2017 delivered a lot of wild weather to the metro OKC area. In addition to the destruction of the arch at the Oklahoma State Fairground, the extreme weather also felled trees, blew out windows, tore and ripped off sections of roofs, and left residential and commercial building interiors saturated by rain.
As a commercial property manager or building owner, the lesson you should learn from the havoc Mother Nature dealt out last year is the need to prepare in advance for future storms. Taking the following steps now is the best way to limit damage to your property’s roof and the building’s interior and contents from storms that are likely to occur in 2018:

Review Your Property Insurance Policy

Adequate insurance is essential to cover losses due to storm damage, so go over your policy to make sure you’re covered for the building’s replacement cost. You should also inquire about the claims procedure you’ll need to follow in the event your roof gets damaged.

Implement a Roof Maintenance Plan

Connect with a reputable area roofing contractor who works with your particular type of roof system for help developing a customized maintenance plan to keep your roof in good repair so it can withstand bad weather. It will likely include:

  • Detailed inspections. Your roofer should perform inspections twice a year and after any potentially-damaging storm.
  • In-house maintenance. Ask for your roofer’s guidance on maintenance your staff should carry out and how often, such as removing debris from the roof, drains, scuppers and downspouts, pruning back overhanging tree limbs/branches and clearing away ponding water after a rain.
  • Repairs and preservation. Follow your roofer’s recommendations for repairs and preservation tactics like applying a waterproof coating to help limit damage and to keep the building watertight during a storm.

Have a Strategy for Reacting to Storm Damage

After a storm rolls through, have your maintenance personnel do a cursory visual check for obvious signs of problems on the roof. If you suspect there’s any damage, call your contractor to schedule emergency service and an inspection. Once the roofing crew arrives, they can make temporary repairs as needed, and document the damage so you can contact your insurer to start the claims process.
For expert assistance developing a strategy to limit storm damage to your Oklahoma City property in 2018, contact us at Accord Construction.


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