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10 Ways to Storm-Proof Your Business' Roof

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For any business, smooth and uninterrupted daily operations are crucial. Your business has to make money every single day it is open so it can continue to grow and succeed. And every person who is involved in the business depends on it for their livelihood. 

Now, if a massive storm hits and the establishment is not prepared, the business may be forced to shut down to repair or rehabilitate the damage. And we all know how fierce Midwestern storms can be.

Prevention is better than cure, which means you need to follow these essential storm-proofing tips. Sherriff Goslin has the best professional crew and tools to help you storm-proof your establishment, starting with your most important weatherproofing asset: your commercial roof. 

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Business from Midwestern Storms

1. Use Only Commercial Roof for Your Establishment

Residential and commercial buildings have different structures and functions, which means they have different roofing systems. You should have a sturdy and properly installed commercial roof for your business. 

At Sherriff Goslin, we have the following trademarked commercial roofing shingles:

  • Art-Loc
  • StormMaster Shake
  • StormMaster Slate
  • Pinnacle

The roof is crucial for protecting the building from all types of harsh weather conditions, especially storms. 

2. Hire Commercial Roofing Professionals To Inspect Your Roof

Roofing contractors know what they are doing and have worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of commercial roofs. Hire a contractor with deep experience with commercial properties to inspect your roof thoroughly to ensure it can continue to withstand heavy rainstorms. 

At Sherriff Goslin Roofing, we’ve been serving business owners in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana since 1906, and have completed over 250,000 roofing projects. You can trust our team to perform thorough roof inspections and any repairs you may need.

3. Repair Every Minor Roofing Issue

If your roof has some minor cracks or rotten parts, call a contractor immediately to have them repaired. Failing to do so may cause severe damage during the next storm. The sooner you take action, the more time and money you’ll save in the long run.

4. Clean Up Clutter Outside the Commercial Space

Storms come with very heavy winds. Debris may be carried around the area, damaging your windows and walls. Cleaning up around your establishment is one of the most critical storm-proofing tips.

5. Support the Property From the Inside

In the case of severe weather, preparation is key. Don’t take storm warnings lightly—have an action plan in place. Use pre-cut boards to secure the property from the inside. But don’t put the boards up against the window frames, or they will be damaged. 

6. Conduct a Building Inspection

The roof is a critical part of the entire structure, but it depends on the building’s overall integrity for total safety. Ask a professional to inspect your entire structure at least once per year, ideally before the stormy season begins. You may have a solid roof, but if the foundation isn’t as strong or your siding is damaged, you will continue to have problems during heavy storms. 

7. Make Sure To Use Only Compatible Materials

There are a lot of moving parts to build a commercial establishment—every single one must be compatible with each other. If they aren’t, they are likely weak spots that could be at risk during heavy storms. 

8. Ensure Your Gutters Are in Tip-Top Shape

The gutter is the channel that brings water from the roof to the downspout. You don’t want water pooling on your roof and damaging it. 

Allow Sherriff Goslin’s gutter experts to inspect and maintain this part of your commercial establishment. 

9. Know Your Weather

Storm-proofing doesn’t have to be limited to your business’s physical structure. Learning about local weather conditions is another form of protection, as you can better prepare the establishment for the incoming onslaught of rain and wind. 

Make sure that your team has access to the latest weather updates and alerts, and take note of any inclement weather warnings. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in the case of weather emergencies.

10. Stay Up-to-Date on Your Property Insurance

Protecting your business also extends to finances. Get property insurance to protect your assets in case they incur damage from the storm or other disasters. Then, in the case of a storm-damaged roof, your professional repair company can easily work with you to file a claim and navigate the process.

Allow Sherriff Goslin To Storm-Proof Your Midwestern Business

At Sherriff Goslin Roofing, our top-notch commercial team provides commercial roofing services with safety as the primary consideration. Every piece of equipment we use is OSHA-compliant, and our roofers are highly trained experts in all aspects of commercial roofing. With over 115 years in business, we’re always ready to help you protect yours!

Michigan, Indiana, & Ohio’s Premier Commercial Roofing Experts

Are you ready to storm-proof your business? Sherriff Goslin Roofing is ready to be your partner in preparation. From commercial roof inspections to repairs, installations to storm damage insurance claims, we’re on your side no matter what the weather brings. Find your nearest branch or request a quote here!