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12 Tips For Handling Storm Damage, From Prevention To Restoration

Summer is high season for thunderstorms, with strong winds, lightning, and hail all increasing your risk of suffering property damage.

Storm damage can be a costly problem, and while home insurance policies typically cover most forms of it, there are exceptions and exclusions that can leave you on the hook. That’s why it pays to implement some simple but effective prevention strategies while brushing up on best practices for efficient and cost-effective repairs and restoration.

12 Tips For Handling Storm Damage, From Prevention To Restoration

12 Storm Damage Prevention & Repair Tips To Keep In Mind This Summer

Storm Damage Prevention

1. Trim your trees

Heavy overhanging branches are one of the most common causes of storm-related property damage. Keep yours trimmed and well away from the house to reduce your risk.

2. Secure lawn furnishings

Patio tables, chairs, barbecues, and other heavy items should be tied down to make sure they don’t get thrown against your siding or windows during a windstorm.

3. Clean your gutters

If your gutters are blocked, rainwater won’t be able to drain properly. This can damage your roof and attic. Keep your gutters clean and clutter-free.

4. Upgrade your doors and windows

If you live in an area that’s particularly prone to stormy weather, it may well be worth the investment to upgrade to stormproof doors and windows. Shattering glass isn’t just damaging; it’s dangerous.

5. Inspect your roof

If your roof has existing problems, like loose or missing shingles or other structural weaknesses, you could be in for trouble following a major rainstorm. Have it professionally inspected early in the season, and fix any issues promptly.

6. Clear debris promptly

If a storm has blown through your area and spread debris into your yard, clear it promptly so it isn’t hanging around during the next bout of violent weather.

Storm Damage Restoration

1. Contact your insurance company

The current national average for wind, hail, and storm damage is about $7,100. That’s a hefty chunk of change that can really eat into your budget if you’re not prepared.

If your home has been damaged by a storm, your first step should be to contact your insurance company and open a claim.

2. Document the damage

Once you’ve contacted your insurance provider, use your smartphone or camera to go around your home and property to document the damage. Documentation is more effective when you also have “before” photos to compare your “after” photos with, so take snapshots of your home’s current condition and file them with your insurer now.

3. Treat damaged trees

Damaged trees can pose perilous hazards, especially if their trunks become unstable. Remove loose and hanging branches, and if a tree’s trunk has been seriously compromised, you may need to cut it down altogether.

4. Make repairs promptly

Damage to roofs, doors, windows, and structural elements must be repaired as quickly as possible, as they create serious vulnerabilities. The last thing you want is a leaky roof or broken window to allow water to come gushing into your home if another storm hits before repairs are made.

5. Deal with floods and moisture

If your home’s interior has been affected by flooding or moisture, remediate it immediately:  wearing protective gear, get rid of water and any damaged items, then clean and disinfect affected areas repairing or removing any toxic structures, preferably with the help of a professional restoration contractor. Otherwise, you may develop a serious and hazardous problem with toxic mold.

6. Contact a professional

Anything other than light damage should be repaired by a professional. Choose a reputable local company that has proven experience with storm remediation.

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Common Causes of Water Damage: When Roof Leaks Go Undetected

Roof leaks are among the leading causes of water damage to residential properties. They can strike at any time and during any season, and unfortunately, they often go undetected until it’s too late.

The good news is that home improvement and roofing professionals offer a complete range of services to help you recover from a roof leak, restoring your home’s good condition while upgrading its defenses against the elements. This guide will help you understand the main causes of roofs leaks and the steps involved in handling and remediating water damage resulting from a leaky roof.

Common Causes of Water Damage: When Roof Leaks Go Undetected

5 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Roofs leak for many reasons, so if any of these might apply to your home, it’s a good idea to check to make sure there isn’t an undetected leak already starting:

  • Age: Roofs become more prone to leaking with each passing year, starting around year seven to ten
  • Slope: Some roof slopes leave shingles prone to wind damage, which can loosen them and expose the underlying structure
  • Shingle damage: Shingles will inevitably wear down over time, and damaged or missing shingles can quickly lead to water penetration
  • Excessive moisture: If rainwater isn’t properly drained from your roof, it will collect and start to seep through as the underlying roof elements are weakened
  • Debris: Branches, twigs, pine needles, and other forms of debris can cause damage on their own, or trap moisture on your roof where it will do damage over time

Why Do Roof Leaks Go Undetected So Often?

When roof leaks are caused by excessive moisture, you may not even be aware that there’s a problem until it’s late in the game. Moisture causes shingles and underlying roof elements to wear down and become porous over an extended period of time, but until water actually starts to penetrate the interior of your home, this problem is all but undetectable unless you’re specifically looking for it – the importance of a professional roofing inspection cannot be overstated here.

In other cases, leaks may be confined to areas of your home that you don’t use very often, such as your attic. It’s important that you regularly inspect your roof’s exterior, as well as adjacent interior areas to make sure there aren’t any problems building up. Regular inspections are key in detecting small issues before they become major problems.

Follow These 5 Steps to Recover from a Leaky Roof

If you discover a leak, there are five essential steps you should follow to remediate it, starting with filing an insurance claim:

  • Document the damage by taking photos
  • Arrange for a professional roofing inspection, and get a written estimate for the repairs
  • Contact your home insurance provider with the estimate and documented damage to determine whether you’ll qualify for reimbursement
  • File a repair insurance claim once you’ve been notified that you will be covered
  • Have a licensed contractor perform all necessary repairs and cleanup services

You’ll also have to check carefully for signs of mold damage, and have these promptly removed if they are found.

When you bring professionals in to fix the damage, be sure to talk to them about how to prevent the situation from recurring in the future before you commit to a solution, especially if you’re planning to outright replace your roof. It may be better to go with a more durable material like metal roofing if you’ve been having consistent problems with leaks.

LGC Roofing is a family owned/operated NJ & PA roofing company with over 30 years of experience in residential/commercial roofing, siding, and gutters installation/repair. Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

12 Home Winterizing Tips From a Roofing Contractor

It’s essential for homeowners to properly prepare for winter’s arrival. Winterizing your home helps keep your heating costs as low as possible, all while improving indoor comfort. It also helps prevent potentially costly problems from developing over the course of the winter, problems like ice dams, flashing leaks, or structural water damage.

Winterizing your home has two main objectives. First, you’ll create a tight “shell” around your home to prevent heat from escaping. Second, you’ll identify issues that require immediate repair so you don’t have to worry about major problems developing during the cold-weather months.

12 Home Winterizing Tips From a Roofing Contractor

12 Home Winterizing Tips From a Roofing Contractor

From a roofing perspective, the most important home winterization tasks focus on your roof, attic, door and windows.

Here’s a breakdown of what you should do to prepare your roof for winter:

  • Start with some basic gutter inspection and maintenance – check and clean your gutters and downspouts during the fall, then check again as winter approaches to make sure they’re not clogged with debris. Common gutter issues that necessitate gutter repair include:
    1. Blocked drainage: Pooled water can mean that the gutter hangers are installed improperly or missing, or that the gutter pitch needs to be positioned at a sharper downward angle.
    2. Water trickling: Water that trickles between the gutter and your home’s fascia may be the result of damaged gutter aprons. These small pieces attach to both the roof and the gutter, but can be repaired or replaced quite easily.
    3. Sags, cracks and holes: The gutters, themselves, can become damaged from ice, hail and high winds.
  • Look for damaged or missing shingles, and repair or replace them promptly. Small holes or cracks in shingles can often be repaired with roof sealant, applied with a caulking gun. Curled shingles can often be cemented back in place. Torn shingles can also be fixed using roofing cement.
  • Take a look around your chimney flashing to make sure there are no loose elements that could lead to leaks.  If you find a section of flashing that looks questionable, it’s better to replace it now rather than keeping your fingers crossed through the winter months. Flashing is inexpensive to replace, particularly when compared to the costs of repairing a roof damaged by a roof leak.

Moving into your attic, take care of these essential tasks:

  • Check your attic insulation to make sure it’s adequate. This is critical if you want to avoid ice dams as lack of proper attic insulation can lead to their formation. Ice dams can cause serious and expensive to repair damage so prevention is key.
  • See if there are air leaks in your attic, and if so, block them out with caulking. Seal off any exposed ductwork in your attic.
  • If you have an attic fan, reverse its direction so it helps warm air rise instead of sending cool air down.
  • Assess your attic ventilation. Make sure that none of your home’s exhaust vents travel through your roof soffits on their route outside. Ventilate your eaves and ridge baffles.
  • Cover your attic steps with a wooden crate to help prevent heat loss.

Finally, winterize your windows and doors:

  • Check your windows for air leaks by holding a candle or a stick of incense up to your closed windows on a windy day; if the candle flame or smoke trail flickers, your windows are leaking.
  • Seal off window leaks with plastic shrink wrap or rope caulking.
  • Add weatherstripping around the edges of your doors to help keep cold air out and warm air inside.
  • Consider upgrading to weather-resistant doors and windows if problems persist.

Should you detect any problems with your roof or attic that you can’t fix on your own, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local professional. It’s very important to ensure your home is in the best shape it can be before winter arrives, so don’t take chances.

Invest in a professional inspection!

The National Roofing Contractor’s Association recommends semi-annual roof inspections to keep your home safe from weather-related roof damage. The fall and spring are optimum times to schedule both a roof inspection and a gutter cleaning.

An experienced roofer can provide a comprehensive repair estimate to help you in maintaining and caring for your roof. Take advantage of their skill and know-how to keep your roof performing its best for decades to come!

LGC Roofing is a family owned/operated NJ & PA roofing company with over 30 years of experience in residential/commercial roofing, siding, and gutters installation/repair. Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.