6 Ways to Hailproof Your Home from Hailstorms
Hailstorms can come out of nowhere, last a few minutes, and inflict damage. While not every hailstorm causes that much damage, some can be more harmful than others.
But hailproofing your home for winter storms could save your house from significant hail damage. By taking these six precautions to hailproof your home, you can not only protect your home from damage, but you can protect your household from getting hurt by hail as well.
Maintain Your Roof to Prevent Hailstorm Damage
Inspecting your roof regularly can help save you from hail damage and expenses. If you notice any problems, contact roofers to give your roof the maintenance it needs.
Stay prepared for any unexpected hailstorms that come your way by maintaining your roof. Keep track of any problems or damaged shingles so that you can replace them right away. If a shingle seems to only be mildly damaged, it’s best to still take proper hailstorm preparedness actions and fix it. Even minor defects can leave room for hail to cause significant damage.
Keep Your Trees Trimmed
Keep your trees and shrubs regularly trimmed to prevent the risk of them damaging your home during hailstorms. If you keep your trees and shrubs maintained, it reduces the chances that branches will break off and fall onto your home during the next hailstorm.
While it’s important to maintain all trees and shrubs in your yard, take extra care to trim those close to your roof or windows. Branches hanging over your roof or near windows are more likely to cause damage than others.
Clear Your Gutters
Be sure to always clean out your gutters to keep them clear. When a hailstorm hits, you’ll want to know that water can properly drain off your roof to prevent water damage to your home.
Bring Outdoor Furniture and Items Inside
During powerful hailstorms, outside furniture and items can pose an immediate threat to your home and family. Powerful winds can blow around furniture, making airborne projectiles, which can damage windows. Hailproof your outdoor area by bringing any outdoor furniture and items inside during winter storms.
Keep Windows and Doors Sealed
As soon as a hailstorm starts, make sure all your doors and windows are sealed. It’s especially important that you cover your windows with drapes or blinds in the chance that hail shatters your windows. By keeping them covered with drapes or permanent shutters, you can prevent glass and hail from being projected into your home.
Bring Vehicles into Your Garage or a Covered Area
If you don’t already keep your vehicles in your garage or a covered area, it’s a good measure for hailstorm preparation to start. Keeping cars, RVs, and boats covered can help protect them from significant hailstorm damage. It’s best to keep them in a completely enclosed area for best protection, such as a garage or shed.
Storm Damage Restoration from SERVPRO
At SERVPRO, we can help you with any winter storm damage questions or concerns. If your home or commercial property suffers damage from a hailstorm, our team can help restore the building. Contact us today to discuss hailstorm damage and restoration for your property.