How To Protect Your Home During Midwest Storms
The Midwest is home to some of the most severe storms in the country—and that means it’s important to know what you can do before they arrive. While we can’t prevent storms from hitting our communities, there are a few basic things that homeowners can and should do to protect their property against high winds, flooding, and other dangers presented by bad weather. Mesler Roofing & Exteriors is here to help! Whether it’s a winter blizzard or an early summer tornado, we’ve put together steps you can take today so your house stays safe when a storm comes calling.
Looking for a professional to help protect your roof? Based in Lawrence and serving all of Northeastern KS, Mesler Roofing & Exteriors is the roofing contractor you should rely on. Contact us today!
Our Top 5 Tips
1. Get a Professional Inspection
One of the simplest and most effective ways to ensure your home is protected is to get a professional inspection. An experienced roofing contractor can detect and troubleshoot any problem areas. If any issues with your roofing system need to be fixed, now is the time to get it done–before heavy snowfall or rainstorms cause further damage. Contact Mesler Roofing & Exteriors today to schedule a roofing inspection!
2. Clean Up Your Yard
Now is the time to keep your yard and gutters clean. Clear up and trim any overgrown landscaping, trees, or other debris. Remove any outdoor furniture, accessories like grills, and lawn ornaments, as they can blow away or be blown into your house causing damage to windows, siding, and more. If the item is too large to bring inside, securely tie it down.
Gutters should be cleaned regularly, especially before and after every storm. The best time to do this is before the first snowfall of the year and again after the winter season ends. Failure to do so is sure to lead to flooding.
3. Seal Any Leaks Around Windows & Doors
Check for any openings or leaks in your windows and doors. If a storm comes, wind and water could enter your home through those leaks and cause major damage. If you have a leak, get it fixed before the storm hits so that water doesn’t damage your home or possessions. Mesler Roofing & Exteriors provides window and door installation and repairs. We use only the most highly-rated brands and materials to ensure your home has durable windows and doors for years to come.
4. Review Your Insurance Coverage
Storm damage in Kansas leads to an enormous amount of financial losses each year, and you don’t want to be a victim of that. At least once a year, you should review your homeowner’s insurance so you know exactly what is and isn’t covered by your policy. Damages caused by inclement weather like tornados, earthquakes, and flooding aren’t always covered by simple homeowner’s insurance, but as a Kansas resident who is more at risk for storm damage, it’s essential you take the extra step to protect your property and belongings.
5. Have Repairs Done Immediately After the Storm
If you should encounter damage from a storm, get your repairs done as soon as possible after the storm passes. If you wait until later, you’ll have to deal with more than just water damage and roofing problems. For example, if you let damage sit for too long in a hot environment, mold can grow on your wood framing and inside walls and ceilings of your house. This poses a greater risk to your family and could require more extensive repairs down the road than what would have been necessary if they were taken care of right away.
Furthermore, be aware of out-of-town “storm chasers,” or companies who follow up after a storm. They take advantage of storm victims to make a quick buck. They tend to use cheap labor, which leads to workmanship issues and leaks in your home after you’ve already had it fixed or repaired. You should always use a local company with a storefront that does repeated business within the range of your home. Should a warranty issue arise, out-of-town contractors will not be there to help. In need of roofing repairs after a storm? Whether you have loose siding, shingles, or leakage, contact us for a free estimate.
Get in Touch with Mesler Roofing & Exteriors!
The weather in the Midwest can be unpredictable, so it’s important to know how to protect your home from storms. High winds or heavy rain and snow can damage your roof and leave you with costly repairs. Be sure to follow our helpful tips to keep your home safe.
Mesler Roofing & Exteriors has provided Northeastern Kansas homeowners with exceptional roofing and home services for over four decades. When you need repairs, contact us!