How to Prepare Your Home for Summer Storms
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How to Prepare Your Home for Summer Storms

Living in the Twin Cities area, you know all too well we don’t get many breaks when it comes to perfect weather. The brutal winters end only to receive an unpredictable spring followed by a tumultuous, scorching-hot summer.

A side effect of the hot summers is severe weather, which arises at the worst times. As a homeowner, the best thing you can do for yourself is proper preparation for possible damage that may occur during these summer storms.

Let’s look at ways to prepare your home for summer’s impending severe weather!

Be Proactive About Storm Damage

When summer rolls around, it’s time to start being proactive about damage and prevention from storms. Hail, broken windows, damage from trees, tornado damage, and roof damage are all things that can affect your home in a serious way.

The best method to keep these things from happening (as much as you can, anyway) is to schedule an inspection for your property. Companies like Timberline Roofing and Contracting can handle inspecting your roof, gutters, and windows for potential problems that might arise during a bad storm.

Get Your Roof Inspected

When summer storms roll around, it’s best to get your roof inspected for potential future hazards. Loose shingles could get damaged or removed from your home because of winds and rain.

It is advisable to have your roof inspected to ensure that it can withstand any storms that might occur. Hail is also damaging, so you want to ensure your roof can withstand that potential problem.

Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts

In addition to your roof, you’ll want to have your gutters and downspouts inspected for current damage. You also want to ensure that your downspouts will correctly funnel the water away from your home. Loose gutters could come down during wind storms, so keeping them repaired and in good shape should keep them safe.

Check Your Trees

Trees are a common cause of damage from storms. Heavy winds and rain can cause weak trees to fall and crash into homes and cars. It’s a good idea to have regular tree inspections and have those trees trimmed back, if possible, to keep branches from overhanging your roof or other property.

If you do have a tree fall on your home, it’s important to call 911, evacuate the house, and, when everyone is safe, file a storm damage claim.

Know How to File a Storm Damage Claim

Despite diligent preparation, you cannot help the potential damage occurring on your property during severe weather. So, before severe weather rolls into the Twin Cities, you must brush yourself up on filing a storm damage claim.

You have a maximum of two years to file a storm damage claim. However, since our winters are so intense and last almost half the year, it’s best to file a claim as soon as you see evidence of storm damage.

Filing a storm damage claim is quite a complex process. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, call on a trusted contractor like Timberline Roofing & Contracting and ask about our insurance assistance!

Know How to Spot Storm Damage

A crucial step in preparing for the summer storms is what type of damage to look for after one rolls through.

After a storm passes, you should conduct a walk around your property to see if you can spot any damage. The easiest signs of damage to spot will be your siding. High wind speeds can easily rip off the siding from your house. Additionally, hailstorms leave dents and chips in your siding.

The next step in spotting storm damage is on your roof. Cracked, dented, and missing shingles are all telltale signs of a recent storm inflicting damage to your roof.

Finally, keep an eye on your energy costs; your insulation may be damaged if your energy bills spike after severe weather rolls through.

Contact Timberline Roofing & Contracting for Storm Damage Repair

Trust in Timberline Roofing & Contracting to assist you in any type of storm damage repair. We have the experience and knowledge to handle the toughest jobs. We can also work with your insurance company for any storm damage claims you have to make.

Schedule an inspection today to ensure your home can withstand the next storm. Request a quote online or give us a call at 612-284-5329 today!

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