After years of serving building owners in some of the worst storm areas in the U.S., it’s uncommon that we hear a question for the first time. Whether you’re an owner who’s building was recently hit by damaging weather or you’re simply arming yourself with information before the storm – we want as many building owners and facility maintenance directors to be able to make informed decisions when it comes to their property.
The series of questions below address some of the more common questions asked following a storm. These questions are specific to commercial buildings, but we would be more than happy to answer any questions specific to residential.
1. What does it cost to get my commercial property inspected for damage?
A: TRIGG General Construction provides free, no-obligation forensic assessments and inspections for churches and commercial property owners.
2. Do I need to get an estimate?
A: The process of getting multiple estimates is time consuming and typically leaves the representative/s of the property uninformed. Often times, contractors make decisions in the estimating process that aren’t in the best interest of the owner – in order to make their estimate more attractive. We recommend spending your time vetting a General Contractor for your project, and committing to them from the onset. We’ll discuss how to select a quality General Contractor in an upcoming post.
3. How much will it cost to repair my building?
A: The cost to restore your property can vary greatly, depending on the amount of damage, the cost of materials, labor, unforeseen / hidden issue, and the terms of your commercial insurance policy. If you are filing an insurance claim, it’s best to choose an experienced commercial storm restoration contractor who fully understands your needs and has the knowledge to represent your interests throughout the lifecycle of the project.
4. What are common signs of hail damage on a commercial building?
A: It can be difficult to see signs of hail damage on a commercial building, so look for trees or flowers on the property that have been damaged. If parked cars are dented or windows have been broken, there is a good chance you have hail damage on the exterior and roof as well. Be aware that windows, doors, siding and HVAC equipment can sustain serious damage from hail and should be inspected closely by a trained professional.
5. Do I need to get my roof replaced right away?
A: Depending on the severity of the storm, you might not start experiencing problems right away, such as leaking, mold, or structural damage. That being said, in most cases, building assessments and inspections are free so we recommend scheduling a visit at the first sign of potential damage. Additionally, most insurance companies limit the time to file a claim, it is important to get your roof inspected and fixed immediately, before your time to file a claim expires.
6. Our building was hit by hail, but I do not see any damage. What should I do?
A: It can be difficult to identify signs of hail damage on the roof of a church, multi-family, or commercial building, and nearly impossible from ground level. A commercial storm damage contractor will perform a full property damage inspection to check for damage that can lead to leaks, flooding, structural damage and other serious issues.
7. What are the risks of not fixing a hail damaged roof?
A: The most common problems associated with hail and other storm damage includes accelerated wear, reduced shingle life and leaking. Water leaks caused by hail can cause serious issues including water damage, mold and structural damage, including roof collapse.