Windows and Storm Damage: What to Do?
Kansas City is no stranger to heavy rains, damaging wind, and hail. As a result, home damage often occurs. This can be due to falling trees, strong wind and a number of other causes. Any glass paned windows, especially older styles, can be specifically vulnerable to strong weather. If your windows are damaged during a storm, it can be helpful to know what to do.
Remain Safe During the Storm
If the storm is still going on, and the windows are broken or damaged, it is a good idea to move your family away from the broken glass. In most cases, moving to an interior room with no windows (or very few windows), such as a laundry room or bathroom is a good idea. If the winds outside are not extremely strong, it is also wise to cover the window to keep out other flying debris. You can use a tarp, shower curtain, or anything else you can find to cover the open space.
Assess the Amount of Damage Present
If it is possible, wait until the storm is over to survey your property and determine how bad the damage is. Clean up any glass from broken windows and if necessary, cordon off any areas that may be hazardous that you can’t clean up. While damage to the windows is typically obvious, be sure to inspect other parts of the home, as well, including the roof, siding, doors, etc.
Repair or Replace the Windows
At this point, you will have to make the decision whether or not you should repair or replace the windows that were damaged. To minimize the potential of damage in the future, it is a good idea to invest in high-impact storm windows. These will help protect the integrity of the windows through even the strongest storms, but these do represent quite an investment. However, along with this initial investment, you may also get discounts from your insurance provider, which can be beneficial and help offset some of the cost.
If you don’t want to spend that much on the actual windows, installing storm shutters is the next best option. These are sold in either accordion or roll-up styles, providing superior protection when bad weather arrives.
Keeping Your Windows in Great Condition
If you are like most people, you are proud of your home. As a result, you don’t want serious issues to arise, including damaged windows when a storm comes through. While taking preventative steps is the best course of action to prevent damage, if you know what to do, it will help reduce the cost of repairs after the storm.
If your windows are damaged, it may be wise to call the professionals out to let you know if repair is possible. In most cases, this will be the most affordable option. If replacement is necessary, the window industry pros at Kent Mohler Exteriors can help you find a style that best suits your needs and the weather conditions your home faces.