2 tips for those who need to have restoration work on their storm-damaged homesShare
If a severe storm has damaged your home to such an extent that you now need to have restoration work carried out on it, you may find the tips below to be quite helpful.
1. Make sure that any broken windows are repaired at the start of the process
The strong winds that typically occur during a storm can often result in loose branches and stones being forcefully flung against a house's windows. This can then lead to these windows cracking or shattering. If your home's windows have been broken during the recent storm, you should arrange for a tradesperson that performs glass repairs to fix these damaged window panes immediately, before you have any other restoration work carried out on your property.
The reason for this is that if there are large unrepaired holes or cracks in the glass panes, your home may end up sustaining further damage, and any cosmetic work you perform as part of the restoration process may end up being ruined. For example, if rainwater drips in through the broken window pane, it could cause your wooden windowsill to rot (as this moisture could result in the growth of wet rot, a wood-eroding fungus), in which case you would then have to spend more money replacing this feature.
This rainwater could also encourage mould to grow on any new carpeting you fit in this area. You may then have to pay a professional cleaner to remove this mould or replace it a second time (if the mould growth is too extensive).
The rainwater which enters through the broken window could also potentially damage any electrical items (such as lamps, kitchen appliances or gadgets) that are located in this part of your home. As such, if you want to avoid incurring extra expenses, it is essential to get any damaged window panes repaired at the start of the restoration process.
2. Have the roof inspected by a qualified roofer
A roof can sustain serious structural damage during a storm. This type of damage can then create additional structural problems in other parts of the building. For example, if a tree falls onto your roof during a storm, the weight of its branches and trunk could cause some of the rafters that hold the roof in place to buckle.
If these rafters are not repaired, the roof materials that sit on top of them may overload the building's framework to such an extent that the framework's components break. As such, it is vital to check that your property's roof has not sustained damage during the storm. You should not carry out the inspection yourself, as your lack of expertise in roofing could result in you failing to correctly identify signs of damage.
Instead, a qualified roofer should carry out the inspection (and, if necessary, the repair work).