Summer storms can strike without warning. A little bit of prevention goes a long way in keeping your home safe from the damage these storms cause. Here are some tips on how to minimize and prevent sudden summer storm damage.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Your gutters need to be fully functional during summer; you never know when a storm will hit the area. The last thing you need is rainwater overflowing from the gutters and causing damage to the house foundations or even flooding your basement. If you already have a maintenance agreement with a contractor, do not skip it. Regular cleaning and maintenance help make sure your gutters are ready for a sudden downpour. Consider investing in gutter protection systems. They prevent leaves and debris from getting into the gutters as well as help reduce gutter maintenance requirements.
Trim Surrounding Trees
If you have trees in the yard, check if the branches are touching the roofing surface. Sharp branches can scrape the outer roofing layer and expose layers underneath. This makes your roof susceptible to storm damage, which can lead to a leaking roof. Tree branches can also give squirrels and other small animals access to your roof. Hire a local arborist to trim the tree branches without harming it. A 10-foot clearance should be enough to allow growth for the next few years.
Clear Loose Objects in the Yard
Loose items like toys and tools are harmless enough, but when carried by high winds during a storm, they can become projectiles that could damage your siding and windows. Make it a point to store these items into proper containers and toolboxes.
Install Storm Doors and Window Shutters
Storm doors and window shutters are primarily designed to protect your doors and windows from storm damage. Many homeowners dismiss them as additional expenses. But when you consider that shutter repair and replacement costs much less compared to doing the same for damaged windows, you’ll see they’re actually good investments. As an added bonus, storm doors and shutters add an extra layer of insulation, which helps improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Call Benjamin Brothers Construction at (847) 264-4492 (Illinois), (402) 261-0652 (Nebraska) and (480) 269-9832 (Arizona) if you need a roofer to help you with storm damage.. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.