During a storm, you're safe and warm inside your house as your home takes the full force of the wind, rain and hail. Ensure your home withstands a storm by preparing it before the storm hits and repairing damage after the storm passes. These 3 tips will help you protect your home before and after a storm.
Repair Your Roof Before and After the Storm
During a storm, heavy winds and hail cause major damage to your roof. Reduce the damage your roof takes by making sure it is in good condition before the storm hits. Loose, damaged or missing shingles do not properly protect your roof and allow water to leak into your home, which causes water damage and rot. You'll need to patch any holes and replace damaged shingles
The average lifespan of a common asphalt roof is 20 to 40 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its life and is showing multiple signs of damage (shingles are curling or falling apart or you can see daylight through your roof boards), it may not be strong enough to withstand a strong storm. In this instance, replacing your roof is the best bet. If needed, contact a roofer to come do the inspection or replacement.
After the storm passes, re-examine your roof for any new damage. Start by checking for obvious signs of damage, like noticeable holes in the roof. Heavy limbs that have fallen onto your roof may have caused unseen damage, weakening your roof. Less obvious signs for which to look include:
- Dents and dings
- Missing shingles
- Missing asphalt shingle granules
- Cracked or broken shingles
- Dents or tearing on gutters and flashing
- Water stains inside the house
Protect your Windows and Siding
Flying limbs and other debris can shatter your windows. Cover them with commercial shutters or plywood panels. Don't forget to trim any dead wood or weak branches from nearby trees to prevent them from breaking free during heavy winds and flying into your windows. If you have exposed siding, cover it with exterior paint, and if you have loose siding, replace or repair it to prevent further damage to the structure of your home during the storm.
Unfortunately, plywood and shutters aren't always enough, so after the storm, check windows for shattered glass, cracking glass and damaged window frames. Examine your siding for possible damage, including dents, cracks, holes and discoloration. Again, as you did before the storm, apply exterior paint to any exposed siding and replace/repair cracked, shipped or heavily dented siding.
Examine Your Drainage
Proper drainage forces water to run away from the house and prevents it from flooding your home or causing standing water near your foundation. Standing water near your home can cause your home to flood during a heavy storm. However, even if it doesn't actually flood your home, the water can cause damage and wear to your foundation, leading to cracks and chips.
If you constantly see puddles in your yard after rainfall, you must improve the drainage to prevent flooding during a major storm. One common method for dealing with poor drainage is a French drain, which directs water away from your yard and home.
Even if you believe you have good drainage, make sure to check your yard for these puddles after a storm. The heavy and fast rain that falls during a storm may do a better job of revealing drainage problems than lighter, more common rainfalls.
A storm can cause havoc to your home, but you can protect it. For more information about repairing your home before or after a storm, contact a local contractor today. Make your home strong enough to withstand the next storm.