Because we live in an area prone to severe storms, a pre-storm inspection can provide a lot of benefits. A crucial part of home exterior maintenance, this type of inspection will help you familiarize yourself with the various components of your home so you’ll be better able to understand and assess the damage strong storms can cause.
Here’s what you should keep an eye out for as you survey your home.
Before the next storm rolls through, it’s important to take a look at your roof, which is susceptible to damage during storms. While your entire house needs to be well-maintained in order to stand up to bad storms, your roofing system in particular needs to be kept in tip-top condition to prevent water from breaching your home. Indicators of existing problems with your roof include…
- Missing shingles
- Loose, cracked, or curling shingles
- Rusted flashing
- Obstructed vents
The next thing you’ll want to do is inspect your home’s exterior siding, looking for material corrosion or signs of water damage. On a brick home, for instance, be on the lookout for crumbling grout and loose bricks. For those with vinyl siding, check for sections that may be cracked or warped and anything that doesn’t look right.
Another area through which water can seep into your home is your windows, so it’s essential to closely examine them as well. Loose sashes, broken seals, and worn or inadequate weather-stripping can all allow water penetration, so make sure your windows are as weathertight as possible. If any of these problems exist, you may want to consider window replacement.
Get Help from the Pros
Keeping up with home maintenance, particularly on the exterior of your home, can go a long way toward helping you catch problems and weaknesses that could compromise your home’s structural integrity the next time it’s hit by heavy rains or snow and high winds. If you are concerned or have identified any issues outlined above, contact the experts at Callen Construction at 414-765-2585 for a pre-storm inspection.