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How to Prepare Your Commercial Roof for a Hurricane

Jun 7, 2018 | Blog, Tips

The 201 8 Hurricane Season runs from June 1st – November 30th.  Is your building’s roof ready? See our lessons learned from last year and resources we have in place to help should devastation result from a major storm.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st and runs through November 30th. Last year was one of the busiest and most destructive hurricane seasons on record with 17 named storms, and six major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma that caused devastation in Florida. Keeping this in mind, we firmly recommend preparing your building envelopes ahead of time to mitigate damages that can be caused by these storms.

For the 2018 Hurricane Season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an average year, with up to 16 named storms, and four major hurricanes with Category 3 strength or higher. Regardless of how many we see this season; it only takes one to cause significant destruction to our communities.

Should a storm hit, Advanced Roofing, Inc. (ARI) is here for you with the resources to help after a hurricane, including:

  1. Advanced Team: We have seven offices in Florida and more than 430 employees to help with repairs following a storm.
  2. Emergency Generators: Emergency generators are located at all branch locations to keep operations going. Following Hurricane Irma, our Fort Lauderdale headquarters was without power for five days and the generators were critical pieces of equipment to have so we did not lose any production days post-storm.
  3. Offsite Email: Our offsite communication system ensures we will always be accessible following a storm.
  4. Fuel & Supplies: We have a special reserve of fuel and supplies for our entire fleet to ensure quick mobilization for emergency repairs.
  5. Advanced Access: Our innovative cloud-based roof management technology lets you quickly view warranty documents, dispatch our repair crews, and track projects in real-time.
  6. South Florida Disaster Resiliency Coalition: We partner with emergency management and private-public entities across the tri-county area to enhance and build a hurricane-resilient community.
  7. Roof Connect: As a founding member of Roof Connect, we have a partnership with 60 premier roofing contractors from around the country that can assist our crews in the event of a natural disaster, ensuring we have the manpower to get your business up and running immediately following a storm.

We learned a lot from Hurricane Irma, which caused everything from simple leak repairs to a complete roof blow-off (our phones are still ringing daily with requests for repairs due to this storm). Here’s what we learned:

  • Preparedness is critical. Update and test your hurricane plan.
  • Service your generator and make sure it’s operating before Hurricane Season.
  • Have a preventative roof maintenance plan and follow inspection protocols. These are the best pieces of insurance you can buy to mitigate any potential disaster with roof loss during a hurricane.
  • If you need a new roof or your existing roof needs repair, call ARI. Of the roofs we have seen fail throughout the years, 95% were due to a lack of maintenance and poor workmanship during installation.
  • Thoroughly review your insurance policy to ensure it’s up-to-date and that you understand the coverage provided. Get clarification on your policy if needed before a storm hits.

Hurricane Season Downloads

Hurricane Season Preparation Tips (PDF)

Hurricane Season Preparation Video (YouTube)

National Hurricane Weather Center (NOAA)

Schedule Your Hurricane Season Roof Inspections Today

Preparing your operations for a hurricane can be overwhelming.  Take action now to perform preventive maintenance inspections and repairs on your roof before and after a major storm hits.  Advanced Roofing, Inc. is here to help. Call us today at (800) 638-6869 or click here to have your roof inspected and documented so you are prepared this Hurricane Season.


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