Your home has recently been through a big storm, but you don’t notice any glaring issues. Everything should be fine, right? Unfortunately, that may not always be the case.
While storms can cause obvious problems, like broken windows and missing shingles, subtle damage is common as well.
Just because some damage may appear to be minor at first doesn’t mean it won’t spell disaster for your home down the line. That’s why it’s so important to inspect your house thoroughly following a storm. While you do so, pay attention to these subtle signs of damage.
Gutter dents caused by hail or flying debris can be small and hard to notice, but they’re a telltale sign your home has suffered storm damage. You may need to get out a ladder to check your gutters thoroughly, but if you see dents on them, there are probably dents on your roof, as well.
If you notice any dents, you might have leaks, too. It’s best to reach out to a professional to complete a thorough inspection of your roof and gutters to determine the extent of the damage and learn about repair options.
Window damage after a storm can be very obvious. However, it can also be subtle. You may not notice, but your window’s seals could be compromised after a storm. They may develop very small cracks and imperfections you can’t even see.
The wake of a storm can be a perfect time to upgrade to replacement vinyl windows even if you don’t notice visible damage.
The frames of replacement vinyl windows are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material is very resistant to UV rays and stronger than what’s used in older windows. Vinyl windows provide increased storm protection, and they’re also very energy efficient.
While window damage after a storm can be a hassle, in the end, replacement vinyl windows can save you money on your monthly energy bills and keep your home secure. Upgrading your windows is a wise home improvement decision, even if your storm damage is minor.
A small leak in your roof can be hard to detect, especially if you have an attic or crawl space to mask it. However, there will be subtle signs you’ll notice as you walk through your home. For example, you’ll probably see small water spots on your ceiling or walls.
If you notice any patches of water, don’t delay in fixing your leak. Some homeowners like to do DIY home improvement projects. If that sounds like you, you may be able to seal up the leaks on your own by replacing cracked or missing shingles.
However, if there’s heavy storm damage to your roof, it’s probably best to leave repairs to a professional roofing company.
Debris scattered throughout your yard is one of the best indications your home has suffered storm damage. Even if you don’t notice leaks or damage right away, if you see tree branches, plant life, and trash scattered on your lawn, it means your home has likely taken some damage.
It’s best to examine the exterior of your home and your roof (if you feel safe doing so). You’ll probably notice signs of storm damage on your gutters, shingles, or windows once you take a closer look.