When a storm hits without causing any major damage to your home, you might consider yourself lucky. However, storms can cause damage to your home that is small and not immediately noticeable. After a storm blows through your town, it’s important to give the entire exterior of your house a good inspection and look for these signs of storm damage.
A big storm that causes debris to fly around in the air has the potential to damage the shingles on your roof. If you don’t immediately find and repair damaged shingles, you could be in for even more trouble down the road. Damaged shingles lead to leaks, mold, and drafts.
Roof damage comes in many forms but the most common signs that your roof is damaged are:
- Missing/broken asphalt shingles
- Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
- Pieces of the roof in your gutters
- Leaks in the roof/ceiling
- Dents in the gutters, vents, or flashing on the roof
Your roof isn’t the only part of your home that is susceptible to storm damage. If you’ve been hit by a storm that brought very high winds, hail, or heavy rain, there’s a good chance that the exterior of your home took a beating. Although you may breathe a sigh of relief when the storm passes, don’t start celebrating until you’ve thoroughly checked your home’s exterior for storm damage.=
The most common signs of exterior storm damage are:
- Dents/holes in the siding
- Torn/missing sections of siding
- Exposed flashing or sheathing
- Chipped siding
- Discoloration/chipped paint
Many homes have windows that are equipped with a separate layer to protect the glass from storm damage. These payers can be seen as shutters that can close at the first sign of a storm or a reinforced pane that is slid down to protect the glass. In the event that your windows do not have a layer of protection, it’s important to know the signs of window damage so that you can fix any issues right away. Otherwise, you put your home at risk of drafts, debris, and pests.
Common signs of window damage are:
- Damaged window frames
- Broken glass
- Shattered windows
- Damage to storm pane or shutter
Even if a storm only causes minor damage to your home such as a dented shutter, cracked shingle, or chipped exterior paint, it’s important to fix any and all issues you may find right away. If you leave a small problem alone for long enough, it might turn into a bigger problem before you know it. If the problem is big enough, you might find yourself in a position where you have to spend more money, time, and resource than you’ve accounted for.
Whether you need to know if your property has storm damage or not, or found damage yourself and need a fast repair, call in the pros at Built Strong Exterior! We will carefully assess your property for storm damage and fix what needs fixing so you can enjoy the safety and comfort of your home.