Board Up

In need of board up services in Charlotte, NC? Maintenance Specialists Inc. will help protect your windows, doorways, and roof from the onslaught of natural disasters, as well as prevent further commercial property damage after disaster strikes. We’re on call 24/7 so you can trust us to be there in your time of need.

What Are Board Up Services?

A board up service is the process of covering windows, doorways, and other vulnerable areas with plywood to secure the property. It may also involve placing tarps on roofs and siding. There are two main types of board up services: preventive and emergency.

Preventive Board Up
Preventive board up services help avoid or minimize property damage ahead of natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The damage can be quite severe and costly so commercial property owners can plan ahead with preventive board up services. Once the weather clears, you can simply remove the plywood and resume business operations.

Emergency Board Up
When natural disasters come quickly and unexpectedly, owners may not have enough time to board up their commercial property. The likelihood of property damage is high after a hurricane or tornado. However, emergency board up services can prevent further damage.

Since it takes a while to replace doors, windows, and roofs, the plywood coverings provide temporary but immediate protection. You can safeguard your interiors from incidents of vandalism and theft. Emergency board up services are also utilized after fire damage, acts of vandalism, and vacancy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Board Up Services

The cost of board up services will vary depending on numerous factors such as the location of your commercial property, the cost of labor, the number of doors and windows, and the severity of the damage. On average, though, board up services may cost anywhere from $200-1,500. Emergency board up will also cost more than preventive board. However, you can expect your insurance provider to cover the cost.

Cut a piece of plywood using the measurements of your window. Have an allowance of 4 to 8 inches on all sides. If the plywood is too small, attach two pieces together. Make sure to attach the plywood to the studs on the wall. Use a stud finder if needed. Attach the plywood to the windows using corrosion-resistant screws. Repeat the process for the remaining windows.

If you do not have permanent storm shutters, board up windows before a hurricane to prevent the glass from breaking. If there is damage after a natural disaster, you should also board up windows to prevent further damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends using exterior grade CDX plywood for boarding windows. CDX plywood is thicker, more common, and less expensive than other types of plywood. It is also resistant to cracking or breaking.

When boarding windows for a hurricane, use CDX plywood that is 5/8 inches or thicker. These specifications are necessary to avoid the plywood from breaking apart during a hurricane.

For concrete, brick, or stone walls, you will not be able to directly screw the plywood into the surface. After drilling a hole, first attach a wall plug. This will be the one to hold the screw in place.

Adding a window film can help make windows more safe, secure, and shatter-resistant. However, window film is not strong enough to withstand the hurricanes, earthquakes, bullets, or even burglary attempts. What it does is

If a hurricane is imminent, the best way to board a storefront is to call the professionals. Since a retail property will have numerous doors and windows, a professional board up company will be able to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Why Choose MSI?

Weather can be unpredictable so Maintenance Specialists Inc. believes the best way to prevent catastrophic damage is to plan ahead. With our preventive board up services, you can have peace of mind knowing that your commercial property is protected. And even though nothing is guaranteed after a hurricane or tornado, we also have emergency board up services that will minimize the vulnerability of your commercial property.

When you partner with MSI, here’s what you can expect:

  • Years of Experience: MSI is an established maintenance company. We have years of experience providing preventive and emergency board up services. Our team knows how to deal with all types of situations from natural disasters to incidents of vandalism.
  • A Team of Skilled Technicians: MSI has skilled and qualified technicians to perform board up services. They always perform an initial evaluation to see which are the best spots for boarding. Our team also uses FEMA-approved board up techniques and equipment.
  • On Call 24/7: When it comes to board up services, we know time is of the essence. MSI delivers 24 hour board up services so you can count on us in your time of need. We also offer flexible scheduling to minimize work disruptions.
  • Strict Safety Standards: In difficult times, MSI assures clients that we are taking their safety and wellbeing seriously. On every job, our team wears full personal protective equipment (PPE) and follows stringent safety protocols.
  • Insured and Bonded: Have peace of mind when you choose MSI. We are a fully insured and bonded company so there’s no need to worry about potential errors or damage.

For emergency board up services in Charlotte, NC, please do not hesitate to contact Maintenance Specialists Inc. today! Call us at (704) 405-6000 to receive a free quote or to learn more about our services.

Benefits of Professional Board Up Services

After a natural disaster, fire, or crime, commercial property owners may become overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. They have to ensure the safety of their workers, create an inventory of items, contact their insurance company, and — not to mention — deal with property damage.

This is where a maintenance and board up company like Maintenance Specialists Inc. comes in. As owners deal with the business side of things, we will come in and secure your property. Here are the benefits of professional board up services.

Prevent Further Damage
Having broken doors and windows make the inside of your commercial property vulnerable to further damage. If there is flooding in the streets, water can easily come in and create significant damage. On top of everything else, you might have to deal with structural issues and mold growth. Professionals will quickly board up your property to prevent further damage.

Deter Theft, Vandalism, and Other Crimes
Damaged doors and windows can be an open invitation for people to come in your commercial property and steal your inventory. Board up services will secure doors, windows, and other vulnerable areas until more permanent fixes can be made. You can also avoid liabilities in case an intruder comes in and becomes injured.

Guarantee Insurance Payout
Owners must preserve the current condition of their commercial property until an insurance adjuster can come in and investigate your claim. Thus, board up services can help retain your [insurance coverage and guarantee a payout. With significant property damage, you wouldn’t want to risk the insurance company denying your claim and having to pay for everything out of pocket.

Save Money on Repairs
Preventive board up is a cost-effective strategy. The cost of calling a professional board up company is insignificant compared to the money you’ll have to spend on repairs for your commercial property. Even with emergency board up, you can still save a lot of money by preventing further property damage and/or instances of theft.

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