We made it most of the winter season without any major storms, but at the end of February we were hit with a storm that produced flooding, power outages, and damage to area homes. I’ve seen a lot of different kind of damage during that week and throughout the years. I’m a homeowner as well and I understand what you’re going through. I’ve already received several phone calls from people requesting estimates on roof repair or siding repair. Here are some primary things to look for after a storm.
Missing or Broken Pieces: Shingles and siding take a real beating during heavy storm activity. Any time you notice missing or broken shingles or siding, it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to prevent additional damage. Water is quite tricky and very damaging. It could lead to mold, mildew, insect infestations, or rot if not repaired in a timely manner.
Dented or Damaged: Hail and debris can really pelt your home during a bad storm. You may discover holes in your siding or that some of the asphalt grit covering has been beaten away from your asphalt shingles. Holes happen easier when the vinyl siding is older. Age makes the siding brittle, especially in areas that receive direct sunlight daily. Grit found at the bottom of a downspout can signify that your roof shingles are coming to the end of their lifespan. These types of damage generally needs to be repaired quickly so they do not worsen.
When to Call Your Insurance Agent: You may want to hold off on calling your insurance company until after the storm passes – in a manner of speaking. You don’t want to jump the gun and claim an incident on your insurance when the repair costs may be affordable. Call your contractor to request a quote for storm damage repair before you call your insurance company. You may be surprised at how affordable some repairs are compared to the higher insurance premiums you would pay if you have a claim.
Safety above All: Always follow the safety tips that we’re all taught as children. Don’t touch downed power lines, don’t try to move large debris, and always pay attention to your surroundings. Keep small children safe, and try to locate everyone in your family immediately following a big storm. It’s always more comforting to know that your family, friends, and pets are safe.
Please don’t hesitate to call me at 631-608-3375 if you have storm damage or if you are interested in upgrading your homes exterior. I will work you into my schedule if possible and help out by providing an estimate that will help you get the ball rolling with repairs or with your insurance agent.