Hurricanes - Preparation and Aftermath
an interview with David Tredinnick, Senior Project Manager,Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Hurricane season is from June 1 - November 30, 2014
CentiMark (CM): You’ve had some experience with hurricanes, haven’t you? David Tredinnick
(DT): Yes, in my 14 years at CentiMark, I have worked on hurricanes Charlie, Jean, Francis and Wilma.
CM: Can any roof stand up to a hurricane?
DT: No roof is 100% immune to the damages of microbursts, heavy winds or hurricanes. Proper construction and preventative maintenance on the roof system does help with performance. Even roofs that are properly designed and installed can fail in a weather disaster because of flying debris.
CM: What do you tell your customers to do before the hurricane hits?
DT: Weeks and days before a storm or hurricane, schedule a roof inspection for ways to better prepare your roof.
• Make sure your drains are clean and free of debris
• Check for loose metal flashings: metal drip edge, copings, wall flashings
• Make sure your roof is free of debris: left over air conditioning parts, construction debris, pallets, cables, fasteners,
• Check the field membranes for possible areas of water infiltration, loose or open seams, blisters
• Check for failing wall flashings where wind or rain can infiltrate
• Remove unused equipment especially satellite dishes
CM: What’s the biggest mistake you have seen your customers make pre-hurricane?
DT: Not removing debris or construction materials from the roof.
CM: Are the tough building codes in Dade County, FL really helpful during a hurricane?
DT: Yes, Dade County is the best. The codes are designed specifically for hurricanes from the building foundation to the roof.
CM: What happens after a hurricane?
DT: First, we have to wait until it is safe to travel. Once we mobilize our crews, we help to get your building “watertight” using proper safety equipment and procedures. Then we assist with temporary repairs, permanent repairs and/or full roof replacement.
We are so fortunate at CentiMark to have 80 offices and 3,000 associates. When a hurricane hits, we can pull crews from other parts of the country to the hurricane area so that we have trained roofers to help our existing and new customers get watertight in a timely manner.
CM: Do you help with insurance claims after a hurricane?
DT: Sometimes we are asked to work with the insurance companies by meeting with an adjuster or going up on the roof for an inspection. It is a service that we are willing to help our customers with during the aftermath of a hurricane.
You can reach David Tredinnick at David.Tredinnick@CentiMark.com