Exterior Home Damage: An Actionable Guide Anyone Can Follow
September 16, 2019
Homeownership is a significant accomplishment that also comes with a lot of work. You no longer have the ability to call your landlord’s maintenance crew over for help once you sign the paperwork to make the home your own.
It’s liberating to have a home to yourself, but what happens when your abode suffers exterior damage? Summer is a time of year when that’s more likely to occur, so check out this actionable guide that will help you make repairs this year.
Chipped Siding Paint
It’s becoming more popular for modern homes to have plastic exterior siding. It holds up better in changing weather conditions, but not every house has this feature.
Your home may be a bit older or done by a contractor who finished the job by painting your siding. The right color paint can make a house stand out from the others in your neighborhood, but it does require a bit of upkeep.
The weather has a significant effect on how your home’s paint begins to chip. Excess rain and hot temperatures will peel it away from your house, making your property look much older than it is.
Instead of letting summer destroy your home’s paint, be proactive and fight against it. With the right upkeep, your house will look as good as new.
To fix peeling paint, you’ll need a few supplies:
- Wood putty and a knife
Lightly sand the chipped area to remove excess paint. Fill it in with the wood putty and let it dry for a minimum of two hours. After the putty dries, use the sandpaper to flatten it.
Once the putty is flat, you can then paint over the area with the color of your choice. It may be best to do this project in the morning, so the paint has all day to dry in the heat.
Damage From Hail
Hail can happen during summer thunderstorms or even tornadoes, if you live in an area that gets those in the summer months.
After you’ve had a storm with hail, you’ll need to check all around your house for damage. It can damage any spot on your home, so make sure to do a thorough check by looking for these signs:
- Broken fans or ducts around your AC unit
- Pieces of roof shingles in the yard
- Leaks in your attic
- Water damage on the ceiling of your top floor
- Dents in your home’s siding
If you see any of these signs, call a contractor for help. Repairing major hail damage is a task best left to the professionals, so the work holds up over time.
Your roof may be the first and most substantial part of your home to come under threat from summer weather events. Tree limbs and large chunks of hail could fall on it and leave wide cracks and holes.
The unseen damage could even be worse than you initially realize. If you remove a large tree branch from your roof and try to repair a cracked shingle yourself, the real damage could be cracks around other shingles that you don’t see.
Don’t let leaks damage your home over time. Call a roofing contractor to inspect it after a major storm, or if you know it hasn’t undergone an inspection in over a year.
After they inspect your home, they’ll talk about the future of your project. They’ll also help you determine if your homeowner’s insurance policy can reimburse you and show you how to fill out a claim.
The contractor will help schedule their roofing team and lay out the project for you, so you always know what’s going on.
Fallen trees also occur over the summer, and if one falls in your yard, you need to take a couple of essential steps to guarantee your safety.
If a tree falls on or near your home, it could pull down electric lines or break gas lines, so the first thing you should always do is leave your house. After calling 911 to send out first responders to check your home, your next step should be to call your insurance company. They’ll let you know what services they’ll cover to get your home repaired.
Even if your insurance does not offer to pay for a contractor, you should still call a professional to come and inspect your home. Trees present another situation where the damage could be far worse than what’s visible.
Contractors will inspect your home’s foundation, so if there are cracks, they can fix them. They’ll double-check your home’s drywall and any brickwork for breaks as well. All of these cracks can lead to more extensive damage later on, and they’re an issue you should deal with right away.
Storm debris could also leave you with cracked windows. Depending on how severe the crack is, there are two possible ways to fix it.
The first method is to put some clear tape on either side of the glass to keep your home safe from water leaking through the window while you try to repair it.
The next step is to assess if you can use a glass adhesive to seal the crack shut. This adhesive is the same thing auto glass companies use to repair car windshields that have suffered damage from rocks.
If your window has cracked in a way that makes it hard to see through, it may shatter easily. That’s when you’d skip to calling a glass repair technician to replace it. It’s possible to do it by yourself, but it’s a rather complicated job. Professionals can do the work the right way, the first time.
Inspect After Every Storm
This summer inspect your home after every storm. Take note on what has and has not experienced damage and compare it all to this guide. If you have questions about damage, it’s always a safe bet to call a professional to come out and look.
They won’t mind stopping by to ensure your safety, even if it doesn’t result in a big project. Maintain your safety and the well-being of your home this summer by knowing how to handle exterior home damage.
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