Is Your Home Ready for Summer Storm Season?
Summer isn’t all about barbeques and taking it easy—though as Midwesterners we’d for sure like it if that was the case! The season is also the time for hairy storms and hail damage, for your home to test its sturdiness and see if it can come out on the other side unscathed.
Of course, we don’t mean to make light; storm damage can have some very serious consequences for your home, like moisture damage and mold. It’s critical you make sure you’re ready for the summer, and Haggerty Windows & Siding is here to help. Below, we detail three parts of your home that might need attention before the first storms of the season show up.
At minimum, it’s a generally accepted notion that you should clean your gutters twice a year, and that one of those times should be in the spring. Why? Plenty of trees bloom and shed their flowers in the spring, for one, which can lead to some severe clogging, as pretty as they are. It’s also a good time to make sure your gutters are functioning properly, as the Midwestern mayhem that’s a flooded basement certainly is no cakewalk.
Make sure you get your seasonal cleaning in before the summer rains, when your gutters really need to kick into gear. You might need to do multiple cleanings if you’re surrounded by trees. Calling a gutter contractor to do an inspection is also a smart idea, as it puts one’s mind at ease.
Your home’s bread and butter against hail damage, your roofing needs to be at its A game if it’s to withstand the season unquestioningly. Any pockmarked or missing shingles can spell disaster in a stiff breeze or with additional hail damage. Contact your local roof repair contractor ahead of time if you know you need these problems fixed; your stress levels and pocketbook will thank you.
As the exterior’s pride and joy for many homeowners, siding also plays a key role in storm defense, withstanding anything that comes at your home from the side. Your siding company will be able to check over your installation to make sure it’s good to go for the season.
One thing you can do on your own to make sure this is so is to trim back surrounding shrubbery and prune your trees. When done correctly, this process can actually benefit the plant’s health, according to Thriving Yard—plus, it keeps the excess branches from gouging your siding in a storm.
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Windows, siding, roofing, and more—we do it all, and we’d be thrilled to lend our expertise to your home. Reach our Urbandale office today at 515-953-6999.