The winter months can be harsh on your landscaping and the exterior of your home. It’s important to be sure that your roof, gutters and windows are in the best shape possible heading into the spring storm season. Addressing any weak areas ahead of the storm season will ensure that your property is ready to brace against unpredictable spring storms. Here are a few areas of your property that you should review once the weather permits.
Trim Your Trees
The first few weeks of spring is usually the perfect time to survey the trees in your yard to see if they need the be trimmed. Be sure to cut down low-hanging or unhealthy branches that could fall and damage your property or your neighbor’s property. Addressing your tree line is incredibly important because high wind storms can push branches or entire trees onto your roof.
Inspect Your Roof
Before the spring storms set in, it’s important to inspect your roof. While walking around the perimeter of your home, be sure to check for damaged or missing shingles. When it comes to wind damage, the edges of your roof are usually the most vulnerable. The edges of your roof where shingles may not be flush against the rooftop is an easy access point for the wind to sneak in and push the shingles upward, resulting in a peeling motion that can cause a lot of damage.
After a storm hits and you discover that your roof has been damaged, our team at Exterior Remodel and Design are here to help. Storm damage is the number one cause of roof damage in Omaha and Lincoln. Shingles are easily blown off when heavy winds hit the area. This is a minor repair, but if not taken care of in a timely manner, it can cause costly damage in the future.
Clean Your Gutters
High winds that accompany severe storms can blow debris into your gutters causing them to become clogged. Clogged gutters can cause a variety of issues inside and outside of your home. If your gutters are already clogged when a severe storm hits, the chances of water collecting around the foundation of your home and inside your attic is much higher. The best practice is to inspect your gutters twice a year, once in the early spring and once in the early fall, to ensure they are clean.
Here are a few ways to spot clogged gutters:
- Dripping gutters when it rains
- Overflowing gutters when it rains
- Pooling water on your lawn or near your foundation
- Water in the inside of your home, such as your basement or roof
- Finding small critters in your home that are nesting in your gutters
If your home does fall victim to storm damage, our contractors at Exterior Remodel and Design are here to help! We can examine your home and damages, write-up an estimate, and even walk you through the insurance process to help ensure that you get all of the repair and replacement costs covered. Contact our team today to get started!