When the winds kick up, the rain (or snow/ice) begins to fall, and debris starts flying, you better cross your fingers. Homes can easily become damaged during harsh storms.
Here’s a few ways your home can sustain damage during the next storm:
When there’s a storm (rain, snow, ice, etc.), it’s usually paired with some wind. Certain storms like hurricanes and nor’easters are known to have high-speed winds, especially when it’s happening close to the coast.
High-speed winds can easily rip off shingles that aren’t securely in place, and even cause some damage to siding that hasn’t been maintained over the years. With winds reaching the 80 mph and higher range, even properly installed shingles and siding can begin to bend, crack, and rip off.
Usually, hail storms don’t last longer than 15 to 30 minutes. How much damage could actually be done?
The Answer: A lot.
Large pieces of hail can crack roofing shingles and siding, and even dent the structure of the roof. Luckily, hail storms aren’t as common in the Northeast.
Any roof can experience water damage, usually via roof leaks. This is why it’s important to always inspect the condition of your roof and its shingles throughout the year (especially after storms with high-speed winds).
One damaged or missing shingle can expose the rest of the roof to rainfall and snow, which will lead to mold and eventual rotted wood. You should also make sure your gutter system is in working condition, as a faulty one can increase your chances of developing roof leaks.
During the worst storms (again, usually ones paired with high-speed winds), debris can start flying! Trees can fall and things in the area can become airborne. It’s possible that something can crash into your home, damaging whatever it comes into contact with.
Keep in mind that something that knocks into your home might not damage it cosmetically, but it can damage the structure underneath. So just because that tree branch didnt rip up your roof shingles, doesn’t mean the wood underneath is fine. Have it inspected, just in case.
Storm damage can hurt your home, not just in that very moment, but with each day the damage is not repaired. When you need your roof or siding restored to its former glory, you know who to call!