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Storm Damage Prep In Just 5 Steps

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When storms are gathering, and wicked weather is on the way, the safety and protection of your home become a top priority. Storm damage can wreak havoc on your house, causing everything from minor damage to major structural issues. Fortunately, there are proactive measures you can take to minimize the impact of storms on your home. We have five steps to help you prevent storm damage, including roof repair options, siding replacement, and damaged windows.

Step 1: Roof Inspection and Maintenance

Your roof is your home’s primary shield against the elements, making it vital to keep it in top-notch condition. During a storm, branches and debris can cause damage you can’t see from the ground. Regular roof inspections are key to identifying any issues that could turn into serious problems during a storm. It’s critical to look for loose or missing shingles, damaged flashing, worn roofing materials, and clogged gutters. If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof and its integrity, now is the time to call in a roofing professional for a roof inspection. If there is minor damage, there are roof repair options that can help prevent roof replacement and give your existing roof extra life.

Step 2: Reinforce Your Siding

Siding is not just about aesthetics; it also acts as a protective barrier against whatever Mother Nature throws at it, from your average sunny day to the severe weather we see here in the South. Damaged or worn siding can lead to water leaks and the damage that goes with them, including mold, mildew, damage to your roof, ceilings, drywall, and even your home’s structural integrity. Regularly inspect your siding for cracks, gaps, or signs of decay. Even a small issue can escalate during a storm, leading to the need for extensive siding replacement.

If you notice problems, address them promptly. If you’re due for new siding, consider investing in weather-resistant materials designed to withstand the harshest conditions. This proactive step can save you from the headache of water damage and the expenses associated with the extensive repairs that go with it.

Step 3: Check Your Windows

Windows provide natural light and a view, but they also help keep our home and families safe and comfortable, regardless of the weather. But if your windows are older or of poor quality, they are also susceptible to storm damage. High winds and flying debris can crack or shatter the glass and the casings, causing property damage and potential harm to your home and family. Start by inspecting your windows for any existing cracks or weakened areas. Any damaged windows will require professional repair to be effective protection during a storm. If your windows are older, consider updating them for improved protection from storm damage, and higher efficiency to help keep your home comfortable with less energy loss.

Step 4: Maintain Proper Drainage to Protect Your Foundation

Storm damage to your home’s foundation can be catastrophic. When heavy rain falls, proper drainage becomes crucial in preventing water from pooling around your property. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water overflowing and seeping into your home’s foundation, causing extensive damage over time. Regularly clean your gutters and ensure downspouts direct water away from your home. Additionally, inspect your foundation for cracks that could allow water to enter. Seal any gaps and ensure proper grading around your home to direct water away from your foundation. By managing water effectively, you can prevent water-related issues that often result in costly roof repair options, siding replacement, and other damage.

Step 5: Secure Your Patio and Yard

Flying debris causes some of the most significant home damage during a storm, and that includes things from your own patio and backyard. Not only can the storm destroy your patio furniture, grill, and yard ornaments, but it can throw them against your house, leading to siding damage, broken windows, and even roof damage. Securing your patio and yard before a storm is essential to help prevent storm damage. Have a plan for bringing in cushions and light furniture and securing grills, heavy furniture, and other items that the wind can pick up and send sailing. 

Stay Ahead of Storm Damage

Being prepared for a storm can help minimize the stress and potential damage that storms can bring, allowing you to feel secure. And while storm damage is a reality that many homeowners must face, following these five essential steps can help you significantly reduce the risk of damage to your property, including your siding, windows, and roof. By taking proactive measures, you safeguard your investment and provide peace of mind for you and your family during even the fiercest storms.

If you’re worried about the current state of your home, we can help give you peace of mind with professional inspection and evaluation of your windows, siding, and doors before the storm. If the storm causes damage, you can trust our reliable repair and installation services. Contact our team of compassionate professionals at Premiere Roofing today to schedule an appointment for your free estimate.

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