Protecting Your Home During a Thunderstorm

With a wetter-than-average summer, we had a number of serious storms sweep through Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  While it’s hard to tell who got the worst of it, forecasts promise more of the same in coming weeks.  So, while you can’t completely storm-proof your house, there are some precautions you can take if you know one’s approaching.


When it comes to wind…

Did you know that during a serious thunderstorm, winds can reach 100 mph?  Apart from dislodging your siding or shingles, this force can also send debris rocketing toward your home, causing even greater damage.  So, be proactive about your landscaping!  If you see a tree leaning or limbs getting a little too close to home, make sure you prune them back.  Or call the professionals to have them removed, if it comes to that.


Try to secure any outdoor furniture or pieces of equipment you may have in your yard, too.  That way, you know exactly where they are once the storm ends.  Plus, it prevents the wind from whipping them toward your house.  If you have functional shutters, close them in advance of the thunderstorm.  This extra layer of defense is why they were originally designed, after all!


As for the rain…

Your primary concern should really be flooding.  With a properly updated home exterior, you should be naturally sealed against any moisture.  That being said, if there’s any weakness with your roof, siding, or gutters, too much rainfall will expose it.  Probably not before the water’s already gotten inside (causing damage), so it’s very important that you inspect these features regularly.


Simple things like cleaning your gutters, checking your storm drains, and sloping your lawn properly can save you a lot of time and money once the rain has passed.  Don’t forget to close your doors and windows too—especially if you have the extra protection of storm windows/doors. They’re made specifically for this task, so why not use them?


Then the more serious stuff…

Lighting and hail don’t accompany every storm, but when they do, you should take extra steps to protect your home.  Keep everyone inside, and secure as many items as possible ahead of time.  If you have covered areas like carports and/or sheds, make sure your important possessions—vehicles in particular—are securely shielded.


You can also unplug your electronics and prepare an emergency readiness kit.  While backup generators are useful in the long term, don’t underestimate such basic necessities as water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, and old-fashioned radios.  If you need more help figuring out exactly what to include, this site should help you.



If you’re worried about the number of storms we’ve seen recently, ask us about extra protection like impact-resistant shingles, high impact glass, and storm shutters.  Remember, your home’s exterior is our specialty, so we can work with you to make it as secure as possible.  We’re proud to serve a large area, including Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  So, if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, come to Schaefer Exteriors for quality service and expert advice.



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