In our area, where hurricanes strengthen and storms are frequent, homeowners often wonder how they can protect their home from storm damage. Most often, this begins with actually assessing the outside condition of your home.
Keep Roofing in Good Shape
When a high-intensity storm comes through the area and your home is in the danger zone, you might find various pieces of roof shingles and siding are lying around your yard afterward. If your roofing or siding is easily damaged, it can quickly become a problem for your home, vehicles and other properties thanks to flying debris. It’s important to remember that your roof and siding are the largest single structural components of your home, and do the most to protect you.
As the outer layer of roofing strips away, the other parts become susceptible to damage. This isn’t just water damage, either. Roofing plays in important role in venting, insulating and wind protection. If you want to protect your home from structural damage and mold, you must be sure that your roof is in top shape.
Inspect, Inspect, Inspect
Similar to roofing, the siding on your home protects what lies underneath from damage. Most common is water damage, one of the biggest threats during storm season. For those of us who live in areas where storms are common, humidity is already an issue. Adding water to the mix can contribute to serious structural problems and mold in areas that aren’t often detected.
The best way to protect your home now is to make sure it is up to the challenge. Siding can become sun-damaged and cracked. If joints and areas between panels have become exposed, you’ll need to replace them so that they are overlapping correctly. Your roof requires a professional inspection. What looks fine from the ground could be a strong wind away from big problems, so we always recommend an inspection if you’re unsure.
Get Help From the Pros
If you have further questions or need advice about choosing the right roofing and siding to protect your home, give us a call at (703) 828-1620.
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