The Midwest’s unpredictable weather means storm damage can happen virtually any time of year. And without prompt and proper restoration, even small issues can lead to bigger, more expensive repairs. Read on to learn more about identifying and repairing different types of storm damage.
The exterior of your home is meant to protect the inside against the elements, particularly from water entering and getting trapped inside. However, the components aren’t indestructible – they naturally wear over time and can be damaged due to extreme weather. Excess moisture gets in through cracks, seams, and other weak spots and can lead to health and safety concerns like structural deterioration, mold and mildew growth, and pests.
Additionally, heavy rain can remove granules – which help deflect the sun and keep the interior cool during summer – from shingle surfaces. These weakened spots are more susceptible to leaks and allow for heat exchange that decreases HVAC efficiency.
While hail damage is common, it can easily be overlooked by the untrained eye. Broken gutters and large cracks/chips to your roofing and siding are obvious signs. Hail can also knock away granules and cause other damage to shingles that can be difficult to spot without close, careful examination. If you suspect you have hail damage, it’s best to schedule an inspection with a trained professional before the situation gets worse.
Strong winds can crack shingles or even pry them off, leaving a clear opening for unwanted heat exchange and moisture. They can also damage loose or otherwise faulty gutters and increase the risk for flooding during heavy rain. And with severe winds, flying debris such as tree limbs and branches can cause more serious destruction to your roofing, siding, and/or gutters known as “impact damage.”
Though storm damage most commonly happens between late spring and early fall (April-October), we all know how brutal Midwestern winters are. Snow gets heavy as it accumulates on the roof, and the added stress can lead to cracks, leaks, and other problems. Ice dams are also common and can cause serious damage to your roof and gutters. Be sure your gutters are clean before winter and clear excessive snow from the roof to help prevent issues.
At Armor Construction, we know what it takes to properly identify and repair all different types of storm damage. We also understand that dealing with storm damage can be overwhelming. We use our experience and expertise to take the stress out of the insurance claims process, guiding you every step of the way. Our knowledgeable, friendly team takes pride in protecting our customers and ensuring they receive everything they’re owed. Then we provide prompt, professional repairs with unparalleled craftsmanship.
Backed by over 70 years of combined experience, Armor Construction provides commercial and residential exterior services with a focus on your satisfaction. We proudly serve home and business owners in the Twin Cities, North Liberty, Iowa, and surrounding areas. Rely on us for all your roofing, siding, gutter system, and storm damage repair needs.