The Common Types of Storm Damage

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    The Common Types of Storm Damage

    Following a period of severe weather, your home can sustain unwanted damage. You’ll need to examine it for scuffs, cracks, and broken-off pieces. To properly identify and treat the damage, you’ll need to know what to look for.

    To help you detect and remedy any storm-related problems, read through this guide on the common types of storm damage.

    Wind Damage

    Has it been a rough, windy night? The strong, fast winds accompanying severe storms can blow debris and rip shingles from your roof.

    Debris can land against your roof, causing cracks and holes. Torn-away shingles will leave your home susceptible to leaks.

    Hail Damage

    Whether it’s a dime-sized chunk or the size of a baseball, hail can damage your roof, siding, and decks. It can knock away roofing granules and causes cracks, chips, and holes.

    Hail damage is difficult to detect. You can hire a professional to examine harder-to-reach areas, like your roof, or do it yourself. If you’re not sure what to look out for, here’s how to identify hail damage on your roof.

    Impact Damage

    Broken branches, debris, and toppled trees are dangerous to your property. Broken roof tiles, shingles, and roofing frames are common—but larger debris can pierce through your roof, windows, and walls, causing extensive damage.

    Trees can fall on nearby power lines, including ones that run through your yard. This can pose an electrocution hazard, and, on top of that, cause outages.

    The good news? The electric utility company that owns the lines is legally responsible for removing any obstructive debris, whether it’s a single branch or the entire tree.

    Heat Damage

    Summer is the season of harsh, damaging storms. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can prematurely age your roof, causing curling, cracking, granule loss, and de-lamination.

    Humidity is just as bad. It can cause extensive, hard to repair water damage. To prevent damage, consider installing lighter-colored shingles. The lighter your shingles, the less heat they absorb. Check for proper ventilation in your attic, too. Poor ventilation ‘traps’ any excess warmth, allowing it to build up.

    Water Damage

    Another common type of storm damage is water damage.

    Water can compromise your home’s structural integrity and make it hazardous to your health. Moisture facilitates the growth of harmful mold and mildew.

    Think your home’s been affected by the recent rain? Watch out for rings of water forming on your ceiling or walls, sagging spots on the floor, warped tile, and rust on your hot water heater.