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The Calm Before the Storm Damage

Home with Storm Damage

So your home has been damaged in a storm. Maybe it is roof repair, shingle repair, new windows, or worse. Either way, it is good to know how to fix your home and prevent future storm damage repairs. Under normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year. However, if you live in an area with reportedly higher amounts of storm damage, you might want to have it checked more than that. Here are three simple things you can do to better prepare your home for upcoming storms in your area.

1. Windows

Wind only needs a tiny bit of space to get underneath siding or shingles and completely remove it from your home. What’s worse is that any small openings provide avenues for wind to enter your home and potentially compromise your roof. Double pane windows are more common in modern homes. This means that if you’re living in an older home, you might want to check and see if it is time to update your windows. Not only are newer windows typically more energy efficient, but they help prevent against devastating storm damage. For example, there are hurricane and wind proof custom windows available for sale in areas of the country that experience terrible weather. Protect your home and family with these storm damage resistant windows and save yourself some money in the long run.

2. Roofing

Rather than waiting to need roof repair after the storm hits, wouldn’t you rather take preventative measures? The cost of repairing your roof after hail, wind, or other storm damage can be anywhere from a couple of grand to $13,000. The average cost to fortify and replace your roof is going to be anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. If that isn’t one of the biggest cost differentiations I have ever seen, I am not sure what is. Don’t wait for the storm to come to you. Check with your local contractors to see if that tree in your yard poses a threat to your home. Contractors are good for more than just construction.

3. Gutters

Gutters are probably one of, if not the most overlooked storm protection agent your home has against storm damage. Water damage can be absolutely devastating to your home. Gutter maintenance is a necessity to prevent water damage to your home. Gutters can get backed up with leaves and other debris. If they have weathered a few storms, it is never a bad idea to check for leaks or loose parts. While cleaning the gutters isn’t everyone’s favorite household chore, it is essential for maintaining your home’s health. Fortunately, experts recommend performing this not so fun task just two times per year. It is worth it to prevent thousands of dollars worth of water damage repairs. If you live in an area that experiences high amounts of storm damage, it’s time to inspect your home and determine the best course of action to protect against storm damage.