If you conduct an online search with the term “storm damage” you’ll be met with literally thousands of articles from insurance companies and contractors about how to restore your home after heavy wind and hail. However, these articles often fail to mention that there are many proactive storm protection measures that homeowners can take to prepare themselves before a storm even hits. Here are our top five tips on how to protect your home from storm damage, before a storm hits.
Take Photos of the Exterior of Your Home
Before any storm damage takes place, take eight photos of the exterior of your home from all sides. This proves what was in existence before a storm. Be sure to include items like your grill, patio furniture, and more. This also allows you to easily identify any changes and desecration that may have occurred.
Create an Emergency Contact List
Have a list prepared of contractors or repair experts you trust and that are local and reputable. These experts do the best storm damage restoration work and often book up quickly, especially after a storm. Beware of any contractor that shows up at your door without being called offering to inspect your roof. These contractors are storm chasers. They’re often from several states away. They rarely complete the work as promised if they complete it all. In the event there’s a warranty issue in a few years, they’re typically unreachable.
Lock Your Windows & Doors Before a Storm Hits
Locking your doors and windows will help with storm protection as heavy rain and wind can create air and water infiltration.
Clear Out Your Gutters and Downspouts
The amount of water (in a short time) that hits your roof during a spring storm is intense. If gutters and downspouts are clogged, there can be many severe storm damage consequences. They include landscape erosion, rotted fascia boards, a wet basement, and a cracked foundation. To avoid these concerns, many homeowners opt for the installation of seamless, clog-free gutters.
Trim Tree Branches Back to Avoid Storm Damage
Tree branches near your home’s roof prove problematic from several standpoints. During periods of heavy wind, large tree branches can fall on your roof, damaging the shingles or even putting a hole in it. Branches should never be allowed to touch your roof because they can run on the shingles and the granules to loosen and fall off. This means that the lifespan of the roof will be dramatically shortened. Another downside of tree branches close to your roof is that they provide a gateway for animals such as mice, squirrels, and raccoons to get onto your roof and eventually in your attic.
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