Wind damage is an inevitable risk to living in the Midwest. When the spring weather arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and high winds arrive with it. This type of weather is just a fact of home ownership when you live in this region of the country. But while these risks are very real, there are steps you can take as a homeowner to protect yourself.
These steps will improve the safety of your home and family. Taking action now will help you to prevent and mitigate the level of damage when Mother Nature takes over.
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Protect Your Roof from Wind Damage
Your roof is your first line of defense against rain, wind, and other bad weather. Below are some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your roof and keep shingles from peeling off.
- A roofing professional can inspect the roof to see if any modifications need to be made to better protect your home in the event of a storm.
- Roofing cement can help to keep the shingles attached in the event of high winds.
- A bead of construction adhesive can be placed along the intersection between roof decking and the rafters.
- Roof decking should consist of a solid sheet of 5/8’ plywood.
Protect Your Siding, Windows, and Doors from Wind Damage
The roof isn’t the only part of the exterior that is susceptible to wind damage. Siding can take a beating when the high winds kick in. Older siding can be replaced in a timely fashion to ensure that your home is receiving proper protection.
Shuttering off windows and doors can help offer added protection, while protecting your family in the event of a storm. You can also make sure that windows are rated for your region’s wind speeds as well.
What to Do If Damage Occurs
No matter how pristine of condition your home’s exterior may be in, there is always a risk of damage in the event of high winds or a storm. In that case, it’s important to make sure that you file an insurance claim.
Here is some information on how to file a homeowner’s claim for storm damage.
Act Before It’s Too Late
Taking action now can help alleviate larger problems in the long run. If you’re unsure where to start, it can help to consult a roofing and siding expert to make sure that your home’s exterior is in proper shape to protect you and your family from wind damage and severe storms. The Midwest weather is unpredictable at best. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help!