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How High Winds Worsen Storm Damage

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Building destroyed by a hurricane Hurricane damage in Colorado Springs, CO.

The severity of hurricane damage is well known, but high winds that accompany any adverse weather can cause storm damage at a commercial structure in Colorado Springs, CO. A brief explanation of the risks of property damage associated with strong winds can prepare commercial property owners and managers to manage the effects of wind damage.

Wind Causes Roof Damage

When wind speeds pick up, the risk of property damage posed by any type of adverse weather becomes more severe. The roof of a commercial structure is prone to all of the following types of wind damage:

  • Damaging roof fixtures
  • Detaching or loosening roofing materials
  • Tearing off flashing or sheathing

The maintenance measures that are necessary to withstand strong winds vary with the type of roof on a commercial building. A built-up roof or membrane should be in good enough condition to protect the building's interior.

Wind Damage Can Compromise an Enclosure
The doors and windows of a structure can blow open and admit wind and debris into the interior. A building enclosure or envelope includes the roof, these features and exterior walls. In the case of hurricane damage, any part of a building exterior may be susceptible to sustaining damage that can also affect the interior.

Severe Storm Damage May Result
Recognizing the risk of property damage posed by wind is the first step toward preparing a commercial structure for this threat. Regular property maintenance and storm damage equipment such as shutters may limit the damage caused by wind and related weather systems.
While it is impossible to prevent wind damage, commercial property owners may be able to take measures to reduce its severity. From maintaining roofing, trimming surrounding trees and securing or stowing items kept outside to installing storm shutters to protect against hurricane damage, it is worthwhile to take a proactive approach to prepare for storm damage in Colorado Springs, CO.

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