Is Your Home Ready for Severe Weather?
Our phones have been ringing off the hook this spring from homeowners who have noticed leaks. More often than not, it's not roof related, it's damage to gutters, siding, etc. caused by ice dams from the extreme winter we had.
Noticing and fixing small problems before a major problem develops can save you from a big repair and a lot of money in the future. If you have a small repair or damage and don't repair it or submit a claim to insurance, you run the risk of it not being covered at a later date and time.
So what do you need to watch out for?
Roofs: Are your shingles curling at the edges, missing, cracked, or over 20 years old?
Even High Impact Shingles can be negatively impacted by weather or issues such as improper roof ventilation, which causes roofs to age faster.
Don't wait until you have noticeable leaks to fix your roof. If the leaks are staining interior walls or ceilings, additional repairs may need to made to drywall, ceilings, roof decking, etc.
Windows: Midwest weather is especially hard on windows, even if you don't have direct storm damage. Vinyl windows, which are the norm these days, are proven to expand in the heat and shrink in the cold. That slight movement weakens the seal around windows.
Don't wait until your windows are leaking! If you notice any drafts, fog or moisture between the panes, or notice any loose caulking or cracks from hail or wind, you may need window replacement, or at the minimum, the old caulking removed and new installed.
Doors: Doors that lead to the exterior of your home have temperatures that are similar to outside. Doors are more susceptible to drafts, wind damage and broken seals - especially if it's an older house that has settled.
Always check your doors for signs of damage or hits after a storm. Things to look for: shattered glass, cracks, broken door frames, scratches, dents or any other signs of impact.
Your home is the most important place in your life. It's your safe place. It's literally the roof over your head. Taking care of problems with your home before they become huge disasters can help you prevent larger ones down the road!
Even with a brand new home, roof, etc. storms can wreak havoc. Waiting until the end of the storm season to make repairs is too late! Siefken Contracting offers emergency tarping when storms hit!
We're here for you and your home.