The past few weeks have brought our area some hectic and destructive storms. There have been high winds and seriously heavy rain that might have damaged your home. After the storms pass, it’s a good idea to check for storm damage. It’s not always obvious at a casual glance.
The roof might have been damaged, the shingles might need replacing, or there could be cracks. If you can’t get onto the roof to check for potential damage, check in the attic for wet spots, cracks around the chimney or the edges of the roof. This could mean that there are cracks or missing shingles. It could indicate flashing that needs to be repaired. It’s vital that you keep your roof in good repair. Critters could find holes and openings to make nests. Mold and algae can grow in places where water seeps into the home.
After checking the roof, take a walking inspection around your home’s exterior. If you have shrubs or trees close to the home, be sure that none have damaged the siding or roof. With all the rain and wind, you might not have heard a tree branch hit the home. In the future, you might need to trim the trees and bushes around the home to avoid a broken branch from hitting the home.
Windows and Siding
On the inspection, make sure there’s been no damage to the windows. Check for siding that might have fallen or window trim that might be loose. Inspect your doors as well. Storm damage can show up in unexpected places, so it’s important to walk around your home and look at it critically from all angles. If you see broken branches lying around, make sure you inspect your home carefully. The broken branch might have hit the home before landing on the ground.
The next step is to clean your gutters. If that was done before the storm, you might be able to see whether there are granules in the gutters or not. Degranulation is when there’s a loss of materials from your roof shingles. It’s an indication of a potential problem with the roof. Any roof debris will have found its way into the gutters, and you’d be able to see it.
Shingles and Sealant
In some cases, you might not see any storm damage to the roof or siding. Roof shingles have a strip of sealant that keeps them adhered to the roof as well as sealing the roof to keep water from entering. High winds can strip the sealant but the shingles settle back into place after the storm. Unfortunately, you’ll need an inspection to tell if there’s been damage.
If you believe there’s been roof, siding or window and door damage, have Apex Exteriors, Inc. inspect your home and we will give you an estimate of what needs to be repairs. We’re able to start repairs quickly as well.