What to Do After a Storm Damages Your Home

One of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner is to lose a house due to a violent storm. Insurance can cover a monetary loss, but doesn’t replace family pictures or items with sentimental value larger than any amount of money can replace. Fortunately, such storms are rare and there are services available to help with the trauma involved. Much more common, however, is routine annual storm damage to the outside of a home. Dent’s and ding to siding, missing roof shingles, or even a broken window can be upsetting, but they were designed in such a way to accept repairs and the process is well practiced by professional contractors who can make the process as easy as possible for the homeowner.

Types of Storm Damage (hail, thunderstorms, snow/ice)

There are a few types of weather which are known to cause damage to a home. The good news is that such damage is common enough that the home was designed to accept it and there are fairly routine repair processes to fix the problem. Hailstorms tend to but ding and cracks in siding, which can be often be repaired or when the time comes, a full new siding remodel job can return the house to new. Winds associated with thunderstorms can remove shingles but fortunately, there is a redundancy in your roof design to prevent a water leak from happening immediately when a shingle blows off. It’s important to have the repair conducted promptly, and if the repair is needed after every storm it may be time to consider a new roof system.

The Importance of Prompt Repairs

As mentioned earlier, repairs need to occur regularly to fix the damage before it causes more problems. I missing shingle won’t cause a roof leak, nor will a damaged piece of siding immediately allow rainwater to pour into your walls, but both types of damage will eventually lead to bigger problems. The goal is to recognize and repair damage while it’s a relatively inexpensive job rather than waiting for more costly problems to come up because of the compromised piece of your home design.

If you maintain a relationship with a reputable local contractor, you will save money in the long run. A contractor you trust will give good advice as to how to best maintain your home without causing additional repairs which in turn become more expensive to fix.

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