It is sometimes not possible to take preventive measures when it comes to the natural elements. However, it makes a big difference when you are aware of the risks that come with adverse weather conditions. You will be more likely to take timely steps in minimizing damage and preventing it from escalating.
One of the things that you may want to be aware of is wind damage. Winds can cause subtle damage to your home and roof. Damage caused by winds can go unnoticed and can lead to bigger problems eventually. The following post explains more about wind damage and how to identify it:
WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS
Wind damage is one of the most common types of damage done to roofs during storms. Knowing how to identify wind damage on your roof and what to do about it can help you avoid potential issues in other parts of your home.
DEBRIS ON THE ROOF
One of the ways that wind can damage your home is by flinging debris from your yard and the street onto your rooftop. This debris can fill the gutter and cause structural damage to the roof. In many cases, you can take care of this problem yourself by clearing away debris, as long as it’s not too large. When cleaning off your roof, you should:
Clean the gutters. Leaves and twigs that fill the gutters can cause clogs that lead to water damage. Read more at Clyde Nettles…
As the post describes, the damage that comes about from winds may not be from the wind itself, but from the things that are thrown onto your roof such as debris. Be keen about ensuring that your roof is cleared after you experience strong winds in your area.
Another subtle weather condition that can damage your roof right under your nose is hail. When you examine your roof after a hailstorm, it may seem to be okay at face value. However, there could be underlying problems that are hidden under the surface of the roof. The following post describes this in more detail:
The points below detail how hail damage can progress:
- The shingles hit by hail have loosened the bond with the granules to the asphalt layer. While you cannot see this from the ground the loosened granules will often end up where your gutters drain. If you see a large accumulation of granules after hail you should have your roof inspected.
- Once the granules fall off the damaged areas of the shingles, the asphalt layer will be exposed to weather. The sun’s ultraviolet light will weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. In the winter, the shingle expands and contracts and can curl and crack after being weakened by hail. The exposed areas are then very susceptible to leaks. The areas that curl up are also more susceptible to wind damage. Read more at Bedrock Contracting…
What seem to be harmless aftereffects of hail can turn out to be detrimental to your roof. It may also have time implications if you have the option of getting insurance compensation, as described in the post. It’s best to act as quickly as possible.
Finally, the other cause of damage to your home is water. Water damage can cause devastating effects not only on the structure of your home, but also on your health in case of an outbreak of mold and rot. The following post discusses why you should never ignore water damage in your home:
Eight Reasons Not to Leave Water Damage Untreated.
Occasionally we find ourselves with customers who have had water damage for a very long time, and left it untreated because they assumed it wasn’t a very big deal. What’s worst that could happen? Water just dries up and goes away, right? WRONG!
Water damage diminishes the value of your home.
Any home that has water damage will have tell tale signs. You can try to paint over the stains, but a home appraiser will be able to see, and in some cases smell, other symptoms of untreated water damage. This means your house will be priced much lower than you might have otherwise hoped, and far fewer people will be interested in buying. Read more at PRS Help…
It’s been said that a small leak can sink a great ship, and this is true – for both ships and houses. The damage can be devastating, so you need to act fast.
If you are not sure about the safety of your Springfield VA home in relation to wind, hail or water damage and you need the professionals to do a thorough job for you, do not hesitate to call us today!
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