How to Check Your Roof for Storm Damage
As all Minnesota homeowners know, big, blustery storms are no laughing matter. Watching lightning flash across the sky (while safely inside, of course) can be enthralling, there’s always a lingering anxiety for your home’s exterior. Strong winds and hail can do extensive damage.
Unfortunately, other than placing protective plywood or other material on your roof and removing trees surrounding your house, there aren’t many preventative measures a person can take against roof storm damage. However, regular roof maintenance will go a long way in ensuring your exterior’s longevity in spite of seasonal storms. Luckily for you, the experts at Budget Exteriors can help you navigate your storm damage roof repairs.
In this post, we’re taking a closer look at how to check your roof for storm damage to make sure it continues to perform year after year. To learn more about roof performance or schedule your storm damage repair services, give Budget Exteriors a call.
Protect your home before the storm hits with regular roof maintenance.
If you’re waiting for bad weather to spread shingles across your yard before you think about roof repairs and maintenance, you’re asking for trouble. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, homeowners should conduct a roof inspection at least twice a year. If there’s an unknown issue with your roof, it may be exacerbated by a storm.
However, regular maintenance and inspections help prevent extensive damage during rough weather conditions. Keeping this habit will also help if you ever need to file an insurance claim for your roof’s storm damage.
If you’re not able to evaluate your home’s exterior, consult the professionals at Budget Exteriors for our roof inspection services.
Keep an eye out for storm damage-related roof issues.
It’s always a good practice to check out your house’s exterior after a storm. Wind damage may result in missing shingles. If shingles aren’t replaced, it could lead to a leaky roof and water damage inside your home.
Keep an eye out for worn granules or cracks in your roof. Dents on your gutters, shingles, and vents may be signs of hail damage or could have been caused by falling debris.
Check your attic and ceiling for leaks and water spots, as these could indicate storm roof damage that might be difficult to see from the outside.
It’s always helpful to get a second opinion from a reliable, local roofing contractor like Budget Exteriors. This way, you also have someone on standby in case you’re in need of storm damage roof repairs.
Call a contractor right away when you need storm damage repair services.
If your home inspection reveals storm damage has affected your roof, don’t put off repairs as this type of damage can worsen over time and lead to significant cumulative problems. Storm damage can also impact your home’s thermal protection, allowing heat to escape and having a direct impact on your home heating and cooling costs.
If you notice storm damage, be sure to document anything you can see using your phone or camera for insurance purposes. Be careful of any potential safety hazards while doing so, as a storm can lead to downed power lines, broken branches, and numerous other hazards.
Once you’ve documented the damage, contact your insurance company and let them know you’ve experienced storm damage. You’ll also need to contact a contractor and get a professional estimate so you can contest any issues you have with your insurance company.
At Budget Exteriors, our contractors are experienced at working with insurance companies. We can help you through the claims process and get your roof safely repaired so you don’t have to worry about a thing. We even offer complete storm damage inspections.
Budget Exteriors: Bloomington’s Storm Damage, Roofing, & Exterior Experts
When you’ve experienced storm damage outside of your home, there’s a good chance your roof won’t be the thing that needs to be repaired. Fortunately, Budget Exteriors offers a full range of storm inspection and repair services for Twin Cities area homeowners.
Call our storm damage inspection pros to check all of the following.
Hail and high winds can create impact damage to siding. Once the Siding is damaged, it creates a potential point of moisture infiltration where water can get into your home, damaging your walls and interior.
Roof leaks can lead to insulation damage over time. If you’ve had a roof leak due to storm damage, we can also check your insulation to make sure it’s in good working condition and hasn’t been damaged.
High winds can rip apart gutters, pulling them away from your siding and fascia and leaving destruction in the wake. Debris from storms also frequently leads to gutter clogs, so your gutters should be cleaned out after a storm.
Our solar panel installation experts can check the condition of your solar panels and make sure they weren’t damaged by strong winds or objects.
Windows & Doors
Finally, we can check the condition of your windows and doors to make sure there are no broken seals or leaks around them.
Essentially, Budget Exteriors is your one-stop shop for all your exterior contractor needs. Whether you have a home improvement project you’ve been putting off or are in need of some repairs after a storm has damaged your roof, we have all the tools you need (and then some!) to get your home looking better than before. For a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at 952-887-1613.