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What To Do If Your Commercial Roof Suffers Fire Damage

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Apartment building, window is boarded due to fire damage, roof has collapsed due to fire Roof damaged due to fire in Northwest Las Vegas, NV.

What To Do If Your Commercial Roof Suffers Fire Damage

After a fire in your Northwest Las Vegas, NV, building, you and your insurance company will most likely work together to make sure that fire cleanup efforts begin as soon as possible. Unfortunately, restoration work rarely starts immediately. In the meantime, you can take some important measures to minimize property damage and reduce the risk of restoration delays. If the fire harmed your building’s roof, adding a tarp can save you significant time and money.

Benefits of Tarping Your Building’s Roof
The major benefit of placing a tarp over a fire-damaged roof is to protect both the roof and building from sustaining further destruction before repair and cleanup crews can get underway. Whether a fire destroyed all or part of the roof, or bits of falling embers and hot ash simply caused a small roof leak, you must use a tarp to keep the roof and building safe from:

  • Rain
  • Wind and storms
  • Hail and debris
  • Birds, insects and wildlife

Exposure to these elements may intensify the damage to your roof and building. This can add to your overall recovery time, make fire cleanup more difficult and increase your total restoration costs.

Limitations of Roof Tarps
Placing a tarp over a jeopardized roof as soon as possible after a fire is an excellent way to prevent further destruction to the roof and building. However, you should keep in mind that a roof tarp is not the same as a roof repair. An average tarp usually only lasts a few months, so you need to remain vigilant about beginning repair work right away.

Techniques for Tarping Your Roof
First, ensure that the building is structurally sound and remove large or obstructive debris. Next, lay plywood over any damaged areas. Finally, place the tarp over the plywood, and use lumber to firmly secure the tarp.
Adding a roof tarp to your building after a fire can save money and time, but tarp installation is a difficult task. If possible, choose a professional restoration company that offers tarp services in addition to fire cleanup measures.

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