Summer is a great time for Midwesterners. The cold weather is put on hold, there is no snow to clean off our roofs and driveways, and it’s a great time to head out to the lake and enjoy the sun. Despite the generally nice weather, summer is also a time for severe storms in the Midwest, which pose a danger to the homes and businesses across many states. These storms can cause often severe damage to roofs, windows, gutters, and siding.
How can summer storms damage your home? There are many dangers these storms present.
Summer storms bring heavy winds, and one of the most common types of home storm damage comes from falling tree branches. Falling branches can damage roofing shingles and siding, knock down gutters, and shatter windows. In the worst-case scenarios, larger branches can cause severe structural damage. In order to prevent this from happening, it’s important to keep the trees on your property well-trimmed, especially if there are larger branches that hang over your roof or are within striking distance of your home should they fall.
Roof and siding hail damage are extremely common in the Midwest, especially during the summer months. Hail damage generally requires significant repairs and can even lead to roofing replacement. While hail damage is essentially impossible to prevent, the best thing home and business owners can do is mitigate the damage after it has been done. Learn how to recognize the signs of hail damage and what to do if you see them. It’s important to repair hail damage before it results in leaking and further damage to the structure.
Heavy rains generally come with summer storms, so it’s essential to ensure that your gutter systems are properly installed, well maintained, and clear from debris and other blockages. When your gutters don’t work during a heavy rain, water is not properly diverted away from your home. This can lead to siding and window damage. Pooling water around the base of a home can also create leaks in basement or crawl space and even cause damage to the foundation of a home.
Heavy wind can cause loose siding, roofing shingles, flashing, and other exterior parts of a building to separate from the structure. As we move through the season of summer storms, make sure your roofing, siding, and gutters are all in good shape and properly attached to your home or business.