Tornado

How to Storm-Proof Your Home Entryways

TornadoDepending on where you live, there are some serious precautions you need to take against hail and other debris scattered around by storms and tornadoes. If you live in a state prone to tornadoes, hail or other extreme weather events, you would be wise to check the durability of your doors and other entrances.

The main factor to ensure is that your door or window is strong and can stand up to an impact. For example, there is impact glass used in sliding doors or fiberglass entrances that is capable of resisting a 2×4 piece of wood hurtling into the material at 30 miles per hour.

Which types of windows and doors might give you the best protection against hail and other debris associated with stormy weather?

Stainless steel and aluminum metal

This kind of metal is a tough material that stands up well against tornado-force winds and flying debris caused by tornadoes. They require little upkeep and also are popular due to their aesthetic qualities. Steel can often be molded to mimic the appearance of natural wood, making this a great choice for those who want storm protection alongside a pleasant-looking material.

Fiberglass and sliding glass doors

As touched upon, fiberglass makes a super strong protective entrance when made with impact glass. This kind of glass is designed to withstand forceful impacts from large objects, making them perfect for storms and tornadoes.

Also, fiberglass can be easily molded into a variety of shapes, as well as being paired with realistic wood frames that can add a touch of class to your impact door.

Impact glass can also be used in sliding doors. This is perfect in regions with tropical climates that need plenty of air flow in the home, and where residents regularly spend time outdoors.

windload compliance

Wind-rated garage doors

It is not only your front door that needs protection – your garage is also left vulnerable during a storm or tornado. High wind is capable of pushing your garage door inward, creating potential structural damage to your home if your garage is attached to the rest of your building.

Check your current garage door for a wind compliance label, shown below. If you do not find evidence that your garage door is wind-resistant, it might be best to purchase a new door that can withstand high winds. Alternatively, it is a good idea to reinforce your garage door with metal stiffeners or metal bracing.

Wrought iron doors

Doors made from wrought iron are naturally heavy-set to protect against storms. They can be fashioned into all sorts of patterns by designers, but the most important thing is that they are tough and wind-resistant.

When to call Classic

If you are in need of storm repair or remediation, or you’re simply doing a renovation, call Classic Construction for a free estimate. We’re a team of highly trained professionals ready to help you! We now offer financing through our partners, Heath, and work alongside your insurance company.

 

cracked Spanish tile roof with hail damage

Hail – When to worry!

Hail happens and you’re often wondering “What the HAIL do I do now?” First take a look at the hail that is falling: the smaller it is the less you have to worry about. However once it hits a certain size your home or business will begin to get damage. Taking a good look around your property to see if there is any obvious damage. Any signs of damage means you should call a professional to come out. Read on to learn about the size of hail and its relation to damage, tips for quickly identifying damage, and on when to call in a professional for inspection and repair!

hailstorm in front of a house

Size Matters!

The damage that your property can receive during a hailstorm is not always dependent solely on the size of the hail, wind has a huge factor to play as well. Though small hail sizes have a less chance of causing serious damage, when the wind speeds increase, these smaller sizes can end up bringing minor damages to window screens and vinyl siding. The severity of your property damage increases as the size in hail does as well—usually ranging from 1-2” and in some cases even above that! When the hail reaches the size of 2” or above is when you have to start figuring out not “if” there is damage to your property but “where” the damage is.

 

Take a Look Around.

You may not have the safety equipment to get onto your roof, but there are ways you can survey for damage from the ground.  Here are some quick tips to safely scout for hail damage:

  1. Do you see damage that seemingly has no discernible pattern? Especially after a storm, random spotting on your roof is a good sign you have damage.
  2. Black spots on shingles, “bruising” of shingles, or shiny spots on shingles. This means the granulated coating has been knocked off, exposing the felt underneath.
  3. Spots on shingles that are soft to the touch, if you’re able to get on the roof yourself.
  4. Cracked tiles on a Spanish-tile roof.
  5. Splits in wood on your roof, shingles that appear split or torn, and dents in metal flashing around chimneys and vents.
  6. Water spots or leaky ceilings inside your home or building.

Why a Hire a Pro?

Roof Hail Damaged Shingles InspectionAfter reading all of the above you’re probably now wondering why to call a professional. The answer is simple, we have the know how to not only identify damage that you can’t easily see but we can also help you navigate the insurance companies red tape to get your business or home repaired faster. Classic Construction is also Master GAF Elite certified (learn more about why this is important ) and can ensure that your roof, where the majority of the damage takes place, is repaired correctly and to code to keep you safe. Knowing why to call a professional is going to be your best defense when it comes to getting any hail damage repairs completed. Classic Construction offers a free inspection of your property after a hail storm hits. You can reach us 24/7 by calling(link to phone number if possible) or contacting via our website (link to contact form on website). 

Conclusion

Storm season in North Texas can be severe, at times, and can last from spring through the fall. In addition to water damage, wind damage, and fallen trees, hail can cause major worries for homeowners and commercial or multi-family property owners. Classic Construction has over 85 years of experience and can get your home or business back to normal in no time. On time, on budget, that’s Classic!

Contact us today for a free estimate or call (469) 290-8980!