When a strong storm blows through town, your instinct may be to hunker down and then be glad when it's all over. But even though you have made it through unscathed, this does not mean your home has not suffered damage. Here are some particular types of exterior home damage you should check for after a big storm.
Cracked and Broken Windows
When the wind starts ripping around, it can blow sticks and other objects against your windows. You may not hear the glass crack or chip with all of the other storm noise going on. So, take a good look at each window to make sure there are no cracks or chips. Pay special attention to the edges and corners of the windows since these areas tend to be spots where cracks hide. Cracked windows do not only let water inside, but they are also a safety hazard. Once the glass is cracked a little, it only takes a little pressure to further break it, leaving sharp glass all over your floor.
The best way to tell whether your roof is missing any shingles is actually to look in the yard. If you see any pieces or whole shingles, you can bet they came from your roof. If your roof has a low slope, you can also look straight up there. Back up, away from the house, so you can see as much of the roof as possible. Make note of any shingles that are peeled up from the roof, but technically still intact, too.
High winds can easily rip off the fasteners that hold your gutters to the roof. If you see any gutters that are detached and sagging, make note of the problem and contact your roofing company ASAP. Missing gutters allow water to run down the face of your house, rather than being directed away from the home. This can lead to streaky, damaged siding, foundation damage, and even water erosion in any garden beds that surround your home.
While looking at your gutters, also make sure you don't see any water dripping out over their edges. This could indicate that they've become clogged by leaves and other debris, which is quite common after a storm.
Sometimes the siding might lift up from its edge when the wind blows across it. This allows the rain to seep in behind the siding pieces, which could cause water damage to your home's structure. It can be tough to see that siding is peeling away from your home when it is only slightly lifted, but you can easily tell if you just run your hands over the siding that's within easy reach. If the siding moves or wiggles when you put pressure on it, that means it is loose.
Cracked Tree Limbs
If you have trees on your property, also give each of them a thorough checkup before you head back indoors. Even if the limbs are not on the ground, they may have been partially cracked by high winds. The next time a high wind rolls through town, it could further crack the limb and cause it to fall on your home, cars, or other property. A tree care company may need to come and either remove or brace the damaged limb.
When a storm blows through your town, it's always best to protect yourself and put your family's safety first. But once the storm has passed, it's time to focus on your home. Pay special attention to the issues and items above, and reach out to a roofing and siding company for more help.