Summer storm season is upon us and now is the time prepare your home for the pounding rain and gusty winds it is guaranteed to face. To assist we’ve created a checklist of tips that will determine if your home is able to withstand the upcoming summer storms.
1. Be sure your roof is designed to withstand the elements.
During strong summer storms, it’s not unusual for shingles or tiles to blow right off your roof, leaving it susceptible to extensive damage. Stone coated metal roofs, on the other hand, offer superior wind and hail damage protection. Stone coated shingles are also known for being incredibly durable. They won’t crack, break, curl, rot, split, or grow mold. Another advantage is stone coated metal roofs meet all HOA standards and can be used where traditional standing seam metal roofs are not allowed. If you haven’t already invested in a stone coated metal roof, it may be time to make this change.
2. Trim your trees.
Trees and branches, particularly those that are low-hanging, rotting, or diseased, definitely pose a greater risk of falling when faced with strong winds. When they fall, they can cause substantial destruction. Regularly trimming your trees and clearing away any unhealthy branches will reduce the chance they’ll fall on your (or your neighbor’s) home and property during a summer storm.
3. Flush your gutters.
Your gutters need to be clean, allowing rainwater to flow away from your home. It’s important to regularly check them for leaves, twigs, and other debris that can cause an obstruction. If your gutters are clogged, the water will pool on top of your roof. Over time, it’ll begin to come through your ceilings and walls, resulting in the need for expensive home repairs.
4. Take a good look at your windows.
During a summer storm, aging windows are prone to leaking and can easily be shattered by flying debris. If your windows are dated, trading them out for a high-quality replacement window is a great way to protect your home. It also adds to the overall appearance, value, and energy efficiency of your home. Our Mountainview vinyl windows are ideal. Thanks to their triple weather stripping, full interlock, and true sloped sill that facilitates drainage your home can be protected from the wind and rain.
5. Be on the lookout for upcoming storms.
During the summer, it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on the weather. Anytime you believe a storm may be on its way, take the time to secure any loose objects outside. This includes your patio furniture, grill, and even outside toys. Any of these items could be slung into the side of your home, leaving the siding and windows damaged.
6. Check your outdoor outlets and wiring.
We all know that water conducts electricity. If you have exposed outlets or faulty wiring around your home’s exterior, there is a risk of electrocution, fire, and damage to your appliances during a storm. Regularly check your outdoor wiring to verify there are no loose wires lying on the ground and take the time to cover all your outdoor outlets.
Severe weather can wreak havoc on a home. Use the tips above to make sure your home can withstand the upcoming summer storms.