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How to Check Your Windows for Damage After a Summer Storm

Your windows are among the most vulnerable parts of your home during a storm. While they should be able to withstand strong winds and rain, preventing damage would still be out of your control in extreme weather conditions.

Sometimes, however, the damage isn’t as obvious as a shattered or broken window. In such cases, you’ll have to properly check your windows to find signs of damage.

Let the Storm Pass Before Assessing Your Window

Make sure the storm has passed, and it’s safe to step outside. Take a look at your surroundings, and see if there is flooding, fallen trees or electrical hazards near your home. Stay alert for any debris that might fall from your roof. Check the ground to see if there are loose or broken shingles. Keep in mind that your safety should be your primary concern.

Look for Signs of Water and Wind Damage

Signs of water damage can be difficult to spot so you might want to call a professional to ensure you won’t miss anything. In the meantime, you can look for moisture buildup between the glass panes of your window. Check if there are water stains or discoloration on your walls and ceilings.

Wind damage, on the other hand, is usually easier to detect since cracked and dented frames, chipped paint and broken panes are obvious.

Find a Reliable Contractor, and Contact Your Insurance Company

Take photos of any damage you find, and contact your insurance company. You also need to hire a reputable contractor to make an initial assessment of the damage to your home. Make sure to file an insurance claim as soon as possible, and don’t wait for the damage to worsen before carrying out the necessary repairs.

Renewal by Andersen of Des Moines has several years of window replacement experience so we can guarantee exceptional results. Call us at (515) 209-3000, or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We offer our services to homeowners in Des Moines, IA, and nearby areas.


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David and Deanna N. - West Des Moines, IA
September 2014

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