Concerned About Exterior Storm Damage? Important Clues For Homeowners

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In addition to green grass, the spring and early summer months typically also bring a variety of weather events, some of which can involve high wind, hail, lightning, and excessive rainfall capable of causing exterior damage to homes, businesses, and other structures. While areas of major damage are usually easy to spot, many instances of less serious storm damage are not.

Since finding and repairing any storm damage as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent minor repair issues from becoming major ones, homeowners can use the following information to help them recognize the telltale clues. 

Clues of possible wind damage

Wind can apply massive force to the exterior of a home and result in a wide variety of potential damage. Homeowners who have suffered a windstorm should consider inspecting their homes for missing or damaged shingles, window screens, and shutters. Additionally, it is wise to look for any signs that fallen limbs or debris might have impacted the roof or exterior walls of the home. 

Clues of potential water issues

When excessive rainfall is part of a storm, homeowners will want to check the perimeter of their home to find and limit the potential for water damage. This check should include: 

  • clearing leaves or debris from storm drains to ensure they are working
  • looking in crawlspaces to see if there is standing water that will need to be drained 
  • finding and eliminating any standing water issues near the foundation or perimeter of the home

Water damage can also occur when gutters are damaged by the storm and begin to allow water from the roof to wash down the side of the home. If not corrected quickly, the effects of water on siding, windowsills, and other surfaces can cause excessive wear and surface damage, including rot, mold, and mildew. 

Clues for potential roof damage

While homeowners will likely be able to quickly spot missing or broken shingles, it can be more difficult to see metal roofing and flashing that has been pulled loose. It can also be difficult to see missing or damaged vents or sewer stacks and surface degradation to shingles caused by hail, especially if looking for damage from ground level. 

Homeowners who have examined their home for exterior storm damage but are unsure or unable to determine potential problems will want to consider seeking a professional opinion. Contacting a reputable roofing contractor in your area to inspect your home's roof, siding, and other surfaces for exterior storm damage will ensure that any needed repairs can be taken care of before they become major ones. 

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