Warped & Torn? How to Protect Your Home from the Efffects of Harsh Weather

Written by  //  July 14, 2017  //  Energy Efficient Home  //  No comments

Homeownership is a huge investment with a lot of concerns. On top of mortgage, taxes, and insurance, maintenance is a must, not just from wear and tear but from storms. Bad weather costs US residents $23.46 billion annually on average. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to safeguard your home when storms hit.

Check Your Roof

If you’re roof leaks even a little, torrential rains and melting snow are going to make it that much worse. Pooling water will trickle into the walls and ceiling. This can lead to wood rot or mold that pose threats to your home and family. It’s a good idea to check your roof before the bad weather comes, and after it passes. Asphalt shingles can dry up and become brittle, caulk and tar can crack, and flashing loosen. Climb up or use a pair of binoculars, but locate these problems and have them fixed.

Provide Drainage

Drainage is important not just on the roof, but throughout your property. Even mild flooding can damage foundations. Be sure you keep your roof free of debris and clean the gutters regularly. Try to provide drainage grades and channels that angle away from the house and to the lowest point on the property. Have your drains cleared to avoid backed-up water. If your home is near a city storm drain, make sure it’s not clogged with debris.

Eliminate Projectiles

High winds can turn ordinary items into formidable projectiles. Before storm winds arrive, be sure to pick up loose items in your yard and store them securely. This includes tools, ornaments, trash cans, lawn furniture, and more. It’s also wise to prune dead branches from nearby trees and ensure that they are picked up. You might want to consider chaining down larger items like picnic tables or swing sets that can’t be stored indoors.

Inspect Siding

Your home’s siding can loosen over time due to contraction and expansion from temperature extremes or the occasional impact. Loose siding can not only admit rain, but tear loose in high winds and become airborne. In either case, you’re likely to have home damage. If you see any problem with your siding, no matter whether its cracks, dents, or holes, be sure to contact an experienced contractor, such as one from Lifetime Exteriors, to have it inspected before the next storm hits.

Preparation is the key to surviving the worst weather. By investing a little in upkeep now, you have a better chance of avoiding major damage.

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