Homeowners need to be aware of all the possible risks to their property. We don’t like to think of our home being susceptible to damage from the elements, but it is and it happens. So when it does, you need to be prepared. Wind damage can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house. Instead of being reactive, we can be proactive by better understanding the potential for wind damage, prevention measures and what to do in the aftermath.
Wind Characteristics Affect the Degree of Damage
Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind damage and are responsible for over half of all related damage cases. However, winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger, can cause more damage, and have much higher repair costs. It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.
The wind has many characteristics that differ depending on the situation. Some characteristics to take into account include speed, direction, and duration of the gusts. Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.
Wind speed fluctuations and directional changes put stress on all parts of a structure; the roof being the most vulnerable. Wind speeds as low as 30 mph can lead to power outages due to tree branches disrupting the flow of energy through power lines. Category 1 Hurricane wind speeds (74-95 mph) can cause a projectile effect.
Recognizing the characteristics of wind can help you determine how much potential damage to expect and how to effectively protect your home and property.
Before the next storm arrives, we want to help you prepare your home and property for potential hazards so you can keep wind damage to a minimum.
Proper tree care – Look for signs of decay. In high winds, dead or weakened trunks and limbs are susceptible to breakage. Prevent decay with proper tree maintenance. Keep lawn mowers and weed trimmers from “wounding” the bark, and don’t over-prune branches. Over-watering can lead to shallow root systems, which will make them less able to stand firm in high winds.
Roof – At least once a year, climb the ladder and give your roof a once-over. Check for loose or missing shingles and make sure the flashings are firmly in place. When it’s time to reroof, invest in weather-resistant shingles.
Clear the yard – If a storm is heading to your area, bring in items that could be blown or pushed around in heavy winds. This includes patio umbrellas, deck chairs, gardening equipment, toys, and bicycles. Park vehicles inside your garage, or avoid parking directly under trees. Larger outdoor items such as patio tables, grills, and trash containers should be pushed up against the wall.
Reinforce susceptible areas – Garage doors are particularly susceptible to wind damage. High winds, and hurricanes can damage or blow them, creating a high pressure situation which can damage the roof as well. Reinforce the door by using braces across the back or replace with a stronger door and tracks. Modifications should be done by an installer.
Wind Damage Restoration
Regardless of the type or amount of damage, Xtreme Home Improvement can repair storm damage and restore your home and property to its pre-loss state. Combining the latest technologies with our highly-trained staff, we can handle all your clean-up, restoration and reconstruction needs. We will also work closely with your insurance adjuster and agent every step of the way to mitigate the damage, get the job done right the first time, and get your life back to normal quickly. These services include:
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- Damage Assessment
- Tree and Debris Removal
- Roof & Structural Tarping
- Roof Repair
- Board Up Services
- Siding Repair & Replacement
- Window Replacement
- Electrical Repairs
- Structural Stabilization
- Construction & Remodeling
When your home or business requires wind damage restoration services, contact the professionals who will always put you first … Xtreme Home Improvement. You will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re in expert hands.