Storms bring a number of factors, including high winds, heavy rain, debris and hail, that can damage the exterior of your home. All of these factors are top causes of home damage in the U.S., making it vital to prepare your home to defend against these weather conditions. Your home is there to protect you, but if you don’t monitor and protect it, then it won’t be able to fully protect you. Here, the storm damage repair professionals at High Mark Construction discuss what you can do to better protect your home from storm damage and how being proactive about your home’s health will allow it to better protect you.
Capping Your Windows and Doors
During storms, high winds, debris and water can damage and rot the wood trim around your doors and windows. Capping the windows and doors adds a protective outer aluminum layer around the trim that prevents water from damaging the wood and helps protect against high winds.
Remove Potential Threats Near Your Home
In severe storms, high winds and heavy rain can soften the ground and blow trees over, creating serious threats to your home. It’s important to survey your property and home to see where any trees pose a major threat, whether the trees are dead or alive. If you locate potentially hazardous trees, it is wise to have them removed or trimmed down.
Decorative items including flower pots, lawn furniture, statues and other exterior items around your home pose additional threats to your home during storms. High winds can blow these items over and even lift them off the ground, turning them into flying debris. Making sure these items are anchored to the ground or brought in before a storm is critical to protecting your home.
Inspect Your Roof and Siding
Routine inspections of your roof and siding are key to ensuring that they will properly protect you against storms.
Missing or damaged shingles on your roof can leave your roof more likely to experience storm damage. Loose shingles can be blown off the roof and then missing shingles can leave your roof prone to leaks. By inspecting your roof regularly, you can spot damage early on and have it repaired at a more economical cost, better protecting it against storms and preventing more extensive and costly damage.
It’s important to routinely check your siding for loose or damaged sections as high winds can catch these pieces and rip off much larger sections of your siding, leaving it exposed to rain, debris and wind in a storm. By repairing and securely fastening your siding, it will leave your home’s exterior better prepared to battle the high winds that accompany storms.
At High Mark Construction, we offer free, no-hassle inspections to check for any damage to your home’s exterior. If you’re not sure if your roof or siding has damage, we can inspect your home’s exterior and work with your insurance company to have any damage found repaired or replaced at little-to-no cost to you.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Regularly cleaning your gutters to ensure there is no debris is important in helping to take the rainwater that runs off your roof down and away from your home. Storms can produce heavy rains and, if your gutters are clogged with debris, the water will pool in the gutter and on the roof. This can lead to water damage and flooding in your home.
Reach Out to High Mark Construction Today
At High Mark Construction, we want to help you protect your home as best as possible. These storm protection tips ensure that your home is ready and able to take on the next storm. If storm damage does occur, our team is always here to help and offers a free, no-hassle inspection. We will work with your insurance company to ensure you get the repairs you need at little-to-no cost to you. To learn more about High Mark Construction or to schedule a free consultation with our team, contact High Mark Construction today.