Bad storms and hurricanes have become regular and unexpected occurrences in recent history, caused mainly by climate change. These natural disasters do not forgive most structures and, as a result, lead to lots of damages. Knowing what to do immediately after the storm will save not only your wallet but also your family from other risks and hazards. When inspecting your property after a storm, here are some of the signs to look out for;
1. Roof Damage
Roof damage is one of the most common signs that the storm did some damage to your home. Hail, high winds, and natural debris may damage shingles and even rip them off leading to small water pools on the roof, which eventually leak right to your home interior. The common signs of roof damage include; missing or broken shingles, roof pieces in your gutters, leaks in the ceiling and roof.
If your house has either of the signs above after the storm, it’s good to contact professional roofing services to help assess the extent of the damage. Also, consider contacting your insurance immediately so you can file a claim and get compensated based on what you got from the storm assessment results.
2. Damaged Doors and Windows
Bad storms accompanied by strong winds tend to twist, move and even break windows and doors. Fallen trees and heavy debris could also dent or break your windows and doors. Similarly, broken glasses, cracked glazing, dented window or door frames could indicate damage.
After the storm, be sure to wear protective gloves and shoes and clean up any broken glasses. You can use strong cardboard to replace the broken glasses in the meantime but be sure to call your restoration company to schedule a repair. It’s also advisable to take pictures to support your documentation when filing claims with your insurance company. If your area is prone to storms and hurricanes, consider replacing traditional windows with hurricane-resistant windows.
3. Dents on Your Gutters
Heavy storms can easily damage your gutters. High winds during storms can rip them off while flying debris can leave some dents. To check the gutters for any signs of damage, you’ll need to climb up a ladder and inspect from the roof. Since the dents aren’t always easy to spot, be sure to book a professional inspection.
4. Damage on the Siding Damage
The siding on most homes is made to withstand adverse weather conditions. However, repeated exposure to adverse weather could lead to damage. During storms, sidings can easily be damaged by strong winds, hail, and flying debris. If you notice broken pieces of sidings or sidings with holes or dents, it’s worth calling your contractor and scheduling an inspection.
Considering the level of damage done to your siding, you might choose to re-side a section of your house or all the sides of the house. You would also want to change the type of siding to a more weather-resistant material. This is one of the services we offer, and we’d love to help you with the inspection and repairs. Our technicians will help you find a more weather-resistant siding if the level of damage is severe.
Let Us Help You
Running an inspection is sometimes as easy as assessing the level of damage and calling your contractor. And at times, it takes professional assessment to identify the problem and gauge the extent of the damage. Either way, you’ll always need to hire a competent team of experts who will help you renovate your home for a newer and more refurbished look.
At Meridian Restoration Inc., we are fully insured, licensed, and committed to helping our clients. We’ve built our reputation around quality services and customer satisfaction, and we’ll work with you to restore that which fate has taken away. Contact us today for an inspection or if you have any questions for our renovation experts.