When a storm passes through the Atlanta area, many homeowners are concerned about the impact that a weather event can have on their house. Once the storm has passed, people begin to look for signs of damage. Fortunately, most homeowners have an insurance policy in place that will assist in repairing storm damage. Even so, being able to identify areas of external damage is the first step in the repair process and should be a priority for all homeowners.
What Are the Primary Types of Storm Damage?
Most people think of water intrusion as the primary issue related to storm damage. In reality, however, the presence of water where it does not belong is a symptom, not the problem. The failure of a home's roof siding, doors or windows is the damage, while water intrusion is a secondary matter. Most storms deliver high winds, which is the most common cause of storm damage. Wind can bring down tree limbs, lift roof shingles and strip away your home's protective external elements. Hail is another common issue and can cause significant damage to glass windows and roof surfaces.
What to Look for After the Storm
Homeowners should begin by walking around the perimeter of the home looking for obvious signs of damage. If a tree or a large limb has fallen on the roof, then it is important to get everyone out of the home and contact a professional immediately to ensure that the home is structurally sound. Often, however, storm damage is less obvious. Look up toward the surface if the roof, noting the presence of lifted shingles or areas where debris has fallen onto the roof. Make a note of any gutters that have been pulled out of position, or missing areas of metal flashing or trim. Also take a look on the ground, checking for shingles or other roofing components that may have been blown off. Check windows for signs of hail damage, including cracking. Hail can also damage roof shingles and can be noted by dark spots or blotches.
Checking the Interior of Your Home
If it is possible to access the attic, homeowners have the opportunity to do an internal search for signs of roof damage. With a strong flashlight, search the underside of the roof for any signs of water intrusion, which often shows up as a dark area on the wood. Take extra care around structures that extend through the roof, such as a chimney, skylight or vents.
Follow Up on Roof or Window Damage
Take photographs of any signs of storm damage, which can make the insurance claims process far easier to manage. Homeowners should also begin looking for a quality contractor to repair storm damage, taking care to check references. Be sure to find a company that is willing to work with you to repair or replace a damaged roof or windows, and avoid companies that want to rush through the process of selecting materials. A new roof or updated windows can protect your home against future storm damage and are big projects. That's why the team at Quality Craftsmen approach storm damage as an opportunity to make your home better, not just to patch up damage and move on to the next job. We are always here to help, especially after a serious weather event.