Storm Damage Prevention Tips

Even though they’re rare, big storms can cause big damage to your home. Tornadoes can kick up debris that breaks windows, exposing your home to the elements and potential environmental damage. In the dry summer months, home fires can spread quickly. Even storms in early fall can involve serious hail. Storm damage can happen at any time, in any season. Follow these tips to prepare your home for the wrath of Mother Nature.

Storm Damage Prevention

Roof Vents

Roof vents are a common conduit for water to flood into your home. After hours of a storm bullying your house, water can fly in through the vents at a rapid pace. You run the risk of accumulating gallons in a short period of time. To prevent storm damage, head on up to the attic to determine if your roof is watertight. If not, your fix might be as straightforward as fitting sheet metal around your vents.

If, however, your roof has taken a beating, it’s more than likely that your vents have, too. You may want to consider replacing them, but hire a professional. Installing new vents requires precision and expertise. When it comes to a repair like this, it needs to be done right. Your home is valuable.

Roof Components

Your roof is made up a lot of critical components. These same elements designed to shelter you can also prove to be a major area of weakness in strong gale-force rains or hurricanes. Examine the roof covering first. Are your shingles in good condition? If you live in an area with frequent hailstorms, you might want to invest in class 4 shingles, meant to withstand hail damage.

Then move on to the water-resistant underlayment, the sheathing and the roof framing. Don’t forget the gables and end walls, eaves and gable overhangs and the connections to the walls: the rafters and trusses. All of these things can allow water to enter our homes if not properly maintained. Storm damage like that can cause serious problems such as black mold and structural instability.

Windows

Windows are effective at keeping water out of our homes. But windowpanes can break from flying debris and latches can unlock in catastrophic winds. What happens then? Water and debris stream into your home and wreak havoc on its constitution.

If you live in an area frequently affected by storms, you may want to think about installing stormproof windows, which will withstand the constant beating your house takes during storm season. You can also shutter your windows for added protection. And don’t forget to check window seals after every powerful storm, too. Even a trickle of water leaching into your house can make a sizable impact in your abode’s integrity.

Landscaping

Make sure you check your trees and shrubs for weak or damaged branches. These are the ones that come loose first during a tornado or severe storm. The last thing you want is a tree branch through your window. Regularly maintaining the plants in your yard will lessen the likelihood that your home will be pelted with debris.

What about your landscaping? Do you have heavy stones as a divider? Are you using gravel? You might want to consider a switch to shredded bark, which won’t damage your home if it’s kicked up in a storm. Make sure any playground equipment or patio furniture is secure if you know a big storm is coming.

It’s important to make sure your home is prepared for climactic weather. Storms can happen, and often without much warning. That shouldn’t deter you from making the investment to protect your property. Make sure you check these items regularly to keep your place shipshape for a long, long time!