How to Check Your Home After a Storm

Close Up View of Shingles Damaged

How to Check Your Home After a Storm

Storms can wreak havoc on even the best-built homes, not to mention those with aging roofs and siding. As a homeowner, you should check your home after every storm to identify any damages and work to get them repaired ASAP. Not noticing storm-related damages promptly can allow them to get worse over time, creating more costly and time-consuming repairs. 

Roof & Gutters 

Your roof and gutters are the most likely to be damaged by a storm. They take the brunt of the impact, and there are a lot of different types of damage that can occur. Your roof can suffer from holes, raised or missing shingles, split seams, dents, leaks, and more. Your gutters can be knocked out of place from debris, high winds, or clogged. 

 

The easiest way to check your roof and gutters is to get a good look. Start outside, walking the perimeter of your home and making note of any damages you see. Next, go inside and look up at the inside of your roof from the attic. Storm damage can occur if you notice any areas of visible moisture or sunlight shining through the roof. 

Windows, Doors, & Siding

Your windows, doors, and siding can also be damaged during a storm, though this type generally only occurs after a severe storm with high winds. Windows may need to be replaced if they’re broken by falling debris. Siding can pull away from the home, crack, or curl. Doors can become scratched or dented or, in extreme circumstances, suffer structural damages that impact the door’s integrity. 

 

Check every door and window in your house, inside and out. Make note of any visible damages or areas where water enters your home. After the storm has passed, inspect your siding from the outside.

Concrete

The final area you should inspect after a storm is your concrete driveway and walkways. While a storm must be pretty severe to damage concrete, it’s possible! Harsher weather, like large-sized hail, increases the risk of concrete damage. Concrete with existing cracks or crumbling pieces is at a much higher risk for storm damage. That’s why repairing quickly after damage occurs before another storm is essential.

 

If you’ve discovered storm damage inside or outside your home, contact a trusted contractor like Jancon Exteriors immediately to schedule the necessary repairs. The longer storm damage goes unchecked, the worse it will be. Contractors can also do a more thorough job of checking your home by climbing onto the roof and using their expertly trained eyes to identify all areas of concern.