Summer can be a very volatile time of year, as all of us Delawareans can attest to. This is the time of year where the skies can be vibrant blue with fluffy white clouds one moment and suddenly darken with ominous black threatening clouds the next.
A huge thunderstorm with damaging hail and high winds can wreak havoc on your home, especially the roof, windows and siding.
These storms seem to barrel through the Tri-State area on a pretty regular basis and being prepared can make a big difference. By following the three tips below, you could prevent the need for costly repairs.
3 KEYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SUMMER STORMS:
- Protect your windows & siding from wind! Secure all loose outdoor furniture to prevent it from becoming airborne during high winds and potentially damaging your glass windows and doors and any type of siding material. If you have crank-out or “casement” window, close them before the wind picks up and bends the hinges. An ounce of prevention is worth a long expensive list of repairs!
- Get your roof & siding repairs done! If your first line of defense from rain isn’t properly performing, you will most certainly regret it after a wind-driven rain. Even brand new, properly installed roofs can leak during hard wind-driven rain, if the water finds the right angles. If your roof has a gaping hole or missing/damaged shingles, get them repaired ASAP!
- Keep your gutters and downspouts clean! We cannot emphasize this enough. Gutters (and don’t forget your downspouts) perform best at channeling water away from your home only when they are free of debris. Something as tiny as a small stick can cause a lot of damage if it is creating a leaf dam in your water diversion system. If you live in an area that is heavily wooded or just causes your gutters to collect debris often, you should seriously consider installing some form of gutter guard or gutter protection system. Overflowing gutters can cause water to backup along your roof, soffit, windows, and even your home’s foundation, potentially creating a serious basement water issue!
Ferris Home Improvements can help get your home in tip top shape so that it can weather the summer storms. Please get in touch if you need any roof repairs, gutter cleanout or replacement, siding repair or window replacement. We’ll get you in good shape for all the storms to come!