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Do You Think You Have Storm Damage?

10 May 2019

It’s Storm Season

Each year Iowa homeowners often experience heavy rain, hail, and high winds. Weather conditions like these can have devastating effects on your home. Do you think you have storm damage? Not sure how to tell? Here are some tips on what to look for before the next storm hits:

 

  1. Roof.
    Signs of roof storm damage can include raised or missing shingles, granule loss, and indentations on roof vents and flashing. If you are unaware or postpone repairing any of these damages big or small, you increase the chances of more damage to your home the next time it rains. A compromised roof can lead to water leakage, mold, damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, and even fascia boards and exterior trim can become victims of water intrusion.

 

Zipper damage on a roof
This is called a wind zipper caused by high winds during a storm breaking the seal of the shingles.

 

  1. Siding.
    If you discover any dents, cracks, holes or siding pulling away from the home, contact a professional. All it takes is a single crack for water to get underneath the siding and cause serious damage to the insulation underneath and interior walls. You don’t want to put off repairing this and have to deal mold and rotting boards.

 

  1. Gutters.
    If you noticed damage to your roof it’s more than likely you will find damage to your residential gutters and vice versa. Gutter damage can be tricky to see from the ground. If you do not feel comfortable climbing a ladder, be sure to contact a storm damage professional and have them evaluated. Warning signs of damaged gutters include dents, pulling away from the home, and water leakage. This can all lead to wet basements, foundation and landscape damage in addition to roofing and siding issues.

 

hail damage on gutters
Hail can take a toll on your gutters. If your gutters are not functioning properly this can lead to other costly damages. Farm, State. “Hail Damage to Aluminum Gutter.” Flickr, Yahoo!, 21 Feb. 2013, www.flickr.com/photos/statefarm/8495105431. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

 

Storm Damage Experts

At Home Solutions of Iowa, we pride ourselves on being advanced damage assessment professionals. With a HAAG Certified Residential Roofing Inspector on staff, we can effectively and efficiently inspect and assess damage to the roof of your home. Home Solutions of Iowa is a full-service exterior remodeling company serving Des Moines and all of Iowa. We are your one call contractor. Founder Joe Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the home improvement history and our team members are trained and certified in the products we install.

Contact HSI today for your free storm damage assessment.