With predictions of an above average hurricane season, even though we’re well inland, it’s not a bad idea to talk about hurricane storm damage here in northern Virginia. Admittedly we’re not in an area that is considered a hurricane prone area. However, you may be surprised at the storm damage this area has seen in the past, not only from actual hurricanes, but also their remnants. Their remnants leave us with wind damage more often than you may realize. And, homes that already have some minor roof damage often end up with significant damage after a storm.

Northern & Western Virginia Hurricane History

Even if we only look back about 50 years and skip over the hurricanes that have taken a toll on the coastal region, there is plenty to talk about. In 1972 hurricane Gloria did over $200 million in storm damage in our state. Over 13” of rain fell in parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1999 Hurricane Floyd left 18” of rain in some central parts of the state. More recently Hurricane Frances swept through our state as a tropical depression with high winds and rain in 2004. It was followed by Ivan who spawned 40 tornados in Virginia alone – one of which was an F3 in northern Virginia. And don’t even get us started on Hurricanes Sandy or Ida! As you can see it’s not out of the question for our area to sustain storm damage from hurricanes or their remnants.

What You Can Do to Prevent Significant Storm Damage

Although hurricane force winds damage even the newest of roofs, there are things you can do to lessen the impact of a strong storm leaving your home with significant damage. First, have a roofing company you know and trust to perform regular roofing inspections. A good time frame is when your roof is around 5 years old, then about every other year until it’s 12 -15 years old and then every year until you replace it. Second, don’t put off repairing a small roofing issue. A storm, hurricane or otherwise, can make that small issue a big one.

Already Have Storm Damage?

If you’re finding this article after you already have storm damage, contact both your insurance company and your roofing company. Take pictures and begin documenting every conversation with both. Your roofing company can perform an inspection and install a tarp before your insurance adjustor arrives to assess your damage. This will prevent water from getting into your home and causing more damage.

Looking for an Experienced Roofer Who Accepts Storm Damage Claims?

Call Peak Roofing Contractors. We’ve been a northern Virginia area roofing company since 2006. Let us restore your roof as we accept all insurance claims. And, if you have siding damage from wind or hail, our sister company, Peak Windows & Siding can handle that claim too. Call us today at (703) 468-4769 or fill out our contact form.