One of the first things to do after every storm is to assess your home’s condition and look for signs of storm damage . Just because your home look all right doesn’t mean it didn’t sustain damage; in fact, damaged roofing that looks normal can be easily overlooked and could develop into bigger problems over time.
Here are the kinds of storm damage you should look out for when inspecting your home.
Flooding – Arguably the most common type of storm damage, flooding is also the most destructive. Aside from flooding the basement and encouraging humidity-related problems like mold and mildew growth, rainwater would collect at the house foundations, which would saturate the concrete and make it brittle. So if you find flooded areas in your home, have it drained as soon as possible. Investing in good quality gutters like seamless gutters prevents flooding in the first place. Goodrich Roofing offers seamless gutters in aluminum and copper.
Roof damage – Your roof takes the brunt when a storm hits. Wind damage happens when the wind gets under the shingles and starts lifting them from the roof deck, causing stress and breakage or even blow-offs if the shingles are improperly installed. Damage from hail and flying debris is also a problem, as some storms drop large hailstones at approximately 50 miles per hour. Fractures that look more like subtle bruises or dents are more likely to happen and may be unnoticeable at first. The solution to both is simply to hire storm damage experts such as ourselves. For roofing emergencies in the middle of a storm, we offer roof tarping or boarding services.
Exterior damage – Your siding can also sustain damage from hail, wind, and flying debris. It could be as minor as chipped paint or as bad as dents, cracks, or holes. In any case, have these repaired as soon as possible. Better yet, invest in a stronger material like fiber cement siding.
Window damage – The main danger of windows in a storm is that it’s mostly made of glass. A good set of storm shutters minimizes the chances of the window glass shattering, but if you have dual pane window glass with a gas fill, you should carefully check if there are cracks in the glass. Don’t worry; the gas fills are non-toxic and are odorless, so leaks aren’t dangerous. Cracks, however, may cause heat loss in addition to drafts, fog, and condensation. Check with your replacement window provider if these events are covered by the warranty.
Goodrich Roofing serves Albuquerque and nearby areas. To know more about how we can help fix your roof from wind and hail damage , call us today at (505) 219-4450 or fill out our contact form to schedule a convenient time for a free estimate.