Northern Virginia is no stranger to severe weather, and unfortunately, your home knows that all too well. You’ve probably noticed a damaged or missing shingle from time to time, but when is it time for a full storm restoration on your home? We can tell you one thing for sure; you don’t want to “wait it out” when it comes to storm damage on your home. We’re here to help you know when it’s time to call the pros for storm restoration, what types of storm restoration services we offer, and what the process entails.
Storm Damage Repair vs. Storm Restoration
Storm damage can require simple repairs due to a blown-off shingle or minor hail damage to your roof, windows, or siding. But, it’s time to consider storm restoration if the integrity of your home has been compromised due to a severe storm or accumulated significant storm damage over time without receiving repairs. Even if it’s a minor storm, the structure of your roof could be compromised due to damage from a previous storm. If minor storm damage goes unfixed, those issues can accumulate and damage your home further as more storms roll through. The inside of your home could also require restoration if a large storm has come through and caused flooding.
Other examples of damage requiring storm restoration are:
- A tree or large object has fallen on your home
- Large holes throughout your roof or siding
- Multiple broken windows or gutters completely blown off
- Rotting in any part of the frame of your home
- A flooded basement or main floor
In general, storm damage repairs are smaller fixes that don’t immediately affect the overall health of your home, while storm restoration is needed when your home is severely damaged. At WISA, we can help you with minor roof repairs, a full roof replacement, damaged windows, gutters, and siding, and even full basement restoration. We have a simple process for assessing the severity of your home damage and will communicate clearly throughout all of it so that you can feel confident about your repairs or restoration!
The Storm Restoration Process
The two questions everyone will ask are: “how much is this going to cost?” and “will insurance cover this?” While we can’t give you an immediate answer, we can give you a completely free estimate before you pay a penny! After you schedule a free inspection, the first thing we’ll do is come to your home and provide a full damage assessment. When we know exactly what needs to be restored in your home, we’ll tell you the full extent of the repairs and offer a proposal outlining the costs.
Will Your Insurance Company Cover it?
Because we often help our customers with storm damage and restoration, we’re experts at working with insurance companies! You’ll need to check your insurance policy to verify what your insurance company does and doesn’t cover. From there, we help you with the rest of the insurance claim process! The damage assessment on your home is especially important when making an insurance claim. We’ll come to your home and create a detailed report of all the damage to your home as well as take pictures for your insurance company.
If a roof replacement is needed, it’s important to take into consideration the age of your roof. Your insurance company will likely have guidelines on covering full roof replacements depending on how old your roof is. For more detail on our insurance claim process, click here.
Once the assessment process is finished, we can get started on planning your restoration! Depending on the severity of the repairs, there may be a design step included before we proceed. We have a variety of products, finishes, and design options, so you can rest assured that we will find the perfect products for your home. After we land on a design that you love, we can apply for the necessary permits and begin the construction.
Restoring Your Home
Whether it’s a basement restoration after a flood or new siding on your home, you can feel confident that we will work fast and efficiently until the job is done. We run a tight construction schedule on every project and keep you in the loop throughout the whole process. After the restoration is complete, we’ll make sure that you’re 100% satisfied with your updated home!
Protecting Your Home in the Future
Although we love helping our customers with storm restoration, we want to be there for you to help prevent severe damage when possible. Only mother nature decides how hard a storm will hit your home, but you can absolutely take measures to protect your home. An excellent way to check in on your home is to do your own mini inspections.
It’s a good practice to give your home a thorough walkaround every few weeks and especially after a big storm. Of course, if you already suspect damage to your house, you should call a roofing contractor right away to get a professional inspection. Be sure to get a clear view of all your windows, siding, gutters, and your roof. Some things to look out for on your roof are; lifted shingles, dents or holes, a dark black spot where a blown away shingle used to be, or sagging.
As you’re walking around your house, you can look at your siding as well. If you notice any dents or holes in your siding, it’s important to fix them as soon as possible. If the damage on your siding or any part of your home goes unfixed, the next storm that rolls through will only make things worse. Doing regular walkarounds and upkeep on your home can prevent the need for a major restoration and renovations in the future. If you’re in need of storm restoration in Northern VA, give us a call! With over 25 years in the construction industry and nearly a decade of experience in home construction (remodels and rebuilds), we prioritize our clients’ satisfaction and strive to build long-lasting relationships.