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A 7-Point Exterior Storm Preparedness Checklist

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Rolling shutters Roll-down shutters can prevent major storm damage.

Storm Preparedness Checklist

A storm preparedness checklist helps building and business owners prepare a commercial property for adverse weather. This seven-point checklist focuses on exterior maintenance of the building envelope. By taking any or all of these measures, business and building owners may be able to reduce storm damage at a building Denver, CO,

1. Check Door and Window Seals
Doors and windows are critical points in an enclosure. It is important to keep the entry and exit portals of a building maintained and ensure windows close completely.

2. Inspect the Condition of Roofing
Roofing should be in good condition in advance of storms. Whether a commercial building has built-up roofing or a roof membrane, every part of the roof should be intact to protect the interior.

3. Ensure Drainage Is Clear
Roof drains and downspouts direct water off of a building and away from the foundation. Clearing out gutters is an important exterior maintenance task in advance of adverse weather.

4. Secure Outdoor Items
Items stored outdoors on the ground or on the roof should be anchored or kept inside for the duration of storms. A pre-storm building inspection should address items that could become flying debris.

5. Trim Back Surrounding Trees
A structure surrounded by trees has a higher risk of storm damage. Falling or flying branches can severely damage a building.

6. Decide Whether To Board Up
A major storm such as a hurricane or tornado may call for boarding up the windows of a commercial building. Plan ahead to allow time and obtain the materials.

7. Consider Storm Shutters
Commercial structures in areas prone to severe weather may want to get permanent storm shutters. Roll-down shutters can prevent major storm damage.
Any of these exterior maintenance measures can reduce damage to a commercial building in Denver, CO. A building manager or owner can also develop a storm preparedness checklist.

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