Signs of Spring Storm Damage

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Spring storms are notorious in the Midwest. The weather is so erratic that storms can take us by surprise. You cannot always be sure that your home is prepared to take whatever comes at it. Following a spring storm, it’s important to inspect your home’s exterior to ensure your roofing, siding, windows, and gutters have weathered the storm. Any signs of spring storm damage will need to be addressed as soon as possible. Here’s what to look out for.

What are some common signs of storm damage that homeowners should look for after winter?

When inspecting your home for storm damage, some of the key areas you’ll want to take a look at include the siding and the windows. Here are some common signs of siding damage and window damage to look out for.

Signs of Siding Damage

While durable, low maintenance, and attractive, vinyl siding can be seriously damaged during a storm. You may notice:

  • Cracks – They generally run parallel to the siding, often in half-circles.
  • Chipping – A small piece of siding that has been broken off, typically in the shape of a half-circle, at the bottom of a siding panel ridge where the siding has no inward flexibility to absorb a direct hit.
  • Breaking and holes – Large hailstones and flying debris in severe storms can break or holes can be punched into the siding.

If you have aluminum siding, the most common signs of storm damage are:

  • Dings and dents
  • Pieces of siding that have been ripped off

Whenever your home is hit by a hailstorm and there doesn’t appear to be damage at first glance, inspect your aluminum siding closely when the sun is low in the sky (in the early morning or late in the evening), this will make the damage more visible.

Signs of Window Damage

Not many homes have storm shutters anymore; most shutters are just decorative. So, during any harsh storm, there is the possibility that your windows will sustain damage. After your home has been slammed by hail, high winds, or a tornado, the common signs of damage are:

  • Shattered windows
  • Cracks and holes
  • Broken panes
  • Damaged frame

Although many windows are double-sided and have storm screens, not all of them do. Remember to watch out for shards of glass and make sure you board up any shattered or broken windows until they can be repaired or replaced.

How can I differentiate between regular wear and tear and storm damage on my home’s exterior?

General wear and tear will occur very gradually and is less likely to be noticed on a day-to-day basis. Meanwhile, storm damage can result in more severe damage all at once. It’s important to inspect your home’s exterior regularly so that you know what it looks like. Then, when inspecting your home after a spring storm, you’re more likely to notice any damage that wasn’t there before.

What parts of the home are most susceptible to spring storm damage?

Your roofing, siding, and windows are all susceptible to spring storm damage. In fact, their primary function is to protect your home from various weather events, including spring storms. As parts of your home’s exterior, your roof, siding, and windows are the first line of defense from inclement weather and therefore the most susceptible areas of your home to damage from a spring storm as well.

Should I inspect my home for damage after every storm, orare there specific warning signs that indicate a need for inspection?

Doing your own home inspection following a storm is best practice for identifying and addressing any issues promptly before they worsen. In particular, when storms are harsh in your area, whether from high winds, hail, or downpours, these are the types of situations where it’s most important to look for storm damage. If you see any signs of concern, you can then turn to an exterior remodeling company to perform a formal home inspection.

What steps should I take if I suspect my home has sustained spring storm damage?

If you suspect storm damage to your home, it’s important to act fast. Contact your local home improvement company to get a professional inspection completed as soon as possible. Addressing any damage to your home early is important for preventing further, more costly damage to your home.

Turn to Integrity Roofing, Siding & Windows

Integrity Roofing, Siding & Windows is pleased to be the local exterior renovation company you can rely on in the greater Kansas City area for roofing, siding, windows, and more. If you’re concerned that your home was damaged during a spring storm, you can rely on our professionals to assess the damage, determine the appropriate solution, and provide you with the top-notch products and workmanship you need to restore the safety and integrity of your home’s exterior.

Integrity Roofing, Siding & Windows is dedicated to being the full repair and replacement team that you can trust. Call today in the Kansas City area at (816)353-7663 to learn more.


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