East Coast Storm Caused Wind And Hail Damage Throughout Rockland
Rockland was hit hard by an unexpected spring storm last week that left residents dealing with wind damage, heavy rainfall, and even hail.
The winds came through with as much force as a hurricane, clocking in at around 78 mph, at their highest. These powerful winds caused thousands of residents to go without power when they downed power lines and knocked down trees.
Along with the wind came the hail, damaging homes, businesses and cars throughout the area. This unexpected element of the storm caught Rockland residents by surprise and left some dealing with structural damages to their properties.
It is always important to be prepared for anything, especially with these intense storms happening more and more with the changing climate. By prepping your property ahead of time you could save yourself both time and money in repair costs.
Protect Your Home From Hail Damage
Hail can range in size from small pebbles to the largest one on record weighing up to two pounds. The hail that rained down on Rockland was described as golf ball sized, which has the ability to cause some serious damage. Even though hail can be powerful enough to cause significant structural damage, there are some things you can do to protect your property from needing costly repairs.
Your roof is the most important part of your property to protect during a hailstorm. Larger hailstones can dent and even break through your roof, leaving your property vulnerable to water damage and other issues.
If you can upgrade your roof to one made from impact-resistant materials, then it would be wise to do so. However, if you’re not ready to make that investment, modified asphalt shingles are affordable and will do a good job protecting your roof from hail and wind damage.
The windows of your property are the other main target for hail, so protecting them from cracking, chipping and even being broken completely, you can install storm shutters. They act as a solid barrier between your window and the elements outside, making them a sound investment.
Stay Safe From Hurricane-Force Winds
Wind can actually be as damaging as hail, with its ability to break windows and damage rooftops. In fact, strong enough winds can rip roofs and garage doors straight off, defining itself as a force to be reckoned with. Fortunately, you can limit the damage by installing some extra protection to your property.
As you would do with hail, installing storm shutters are the easiest thing you can do to protect your property from the wind blowing debris through your windows and exposing the interior to the elements.
Wind can also damage your property by pummeling it with great force and even knocking trees and other large objects into it. By installing sturdy siding, you will add an extra layer of protection between your property’s structure and elements of the storm. It also helps to bring in any lawn furniture and other outdoor items inside before the storm hits.
Another thing to remember about wind is its strength. If it has the ability to uproot trees and move vehicles, then it can definitely knock you over. So, try to stay inside for the duration of the storm to keep out of harm’s way.