December 9, 2022

Storm damage is a frequent occurrence living in the Chicago suburbs. Depending on the season, thunderstorms, tornados, high wind, or snow can create risk for the exterior of your home. While you can take steps to proactively protect the exterior of your home, it may not always be enough.

It’s important to examine the outside of your home following severe weather to inspect for any potential damage. If You discover any signs of damage, you can contact your insurance company, and an experienced roofing and siding contractor to make any appropriate fixes.

Roof Leaks

Any changes in the integrity of your roofing system can ultimately lead to water damage. If you notice a leak, it’s important to act fast and find the source of the problem. Once this is determined, it can be fixed to restore the integrity of the roof.

Metal Flashing Damaged

When your home is hit with hail or flying debris, the metal flashing that guides rainwater off the roof may become damaged. Any dents or damage to this part of your roof can make it more difficult to guide rainwater away from the home, resulting in leaks. If you notice this, it’s important to have it fixed or replaced right away.

Asphalt Shingles Are Missing

Severe weather may cause asphalt shingles to detach from the roof, leaving empty spots visible. If you notice a few missing, storm damage is a likely culprit.

Chipped Or Peeling Exterior Paint

Damage to the exterior paint can be a result of storm damage or severe weather. It may be a sign that further inspection of your home’s exterior is needed.

Mold Or Mildew Growth

If you notice mold or mildew growth inside your home, it’s a sure sign they’ve been exposed to moisture. Storm damage may be the reason for this.

Moisture In Interior Walls

When your home is under construction, there are steps taken to create a barrier between the inside and outside elements. This is to ensure climate comfort, but also protect from moisture damage. If the roof or walls are exposed to leakage after a storm, it’s a sign that your home has been compromised.

Concrete Shingles Or Tiles Damaged

While less common than asphalt in the Chicago region, concrete shingles and tiles create a durable roofing system. Any cracks or chips to these can compromise the integrity of the roofing system, making your home more susceptible to water damage.

Siding Damaged

Dented, chipped, or missing siding pieces are a sure sign of storm damage and can quickly lead to water inside the home. It’s important to have this fixed right away.

Broken Windows

Hail or high winds can shatter windows. When this happens, they should immediately be replaced, and you should check the rest of the exterior for further water damage.

Damage To The Window Frames

Window frames are designed to support the panes through any type of weather conditions. Damage to the frames can compromise that. If you notice damage to window frames it’s important to look around your home’s exterior for other signs of damage.

Hire A Trusted Roofing Company When You Find Storm Damage

If you find signs of storm damage at your home, you can hire a trusted roofing and siding contractor like FTC Oury Group to help. We can also install high quality roofing or drainage systems that minimize or prevent storm damage. If you have questions or would like to talk about your next project, contact us today!

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