Summer days in Saskatchewan are filled with festivals, patio beers, camping and sun! We trudge through the long winters knowing the fun we’ll have once the snow melts. However, sometimes our hot summers can bring a thrash of unpredictable weather. With high temperatures and humidity, summers in Saskatchewan can bring another meaning to “Land of the Living Skies”. Summer storms, just like the one that hit Saskatoon, Langham, Dalmeny and Osler last weekend are becoming more and more common. And with storms, can come hail or wind damage to your home.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
It is important to always check for damage to your house after a storm. Key places to inspect are your roof, siding, windows, and rain gutters. Siding, windows and rain gutters are easy to notice damage as they are visible from the ground. Unfortunately, where it’s harder to see, the roof is typically where hail makes the most damage. To look for damage you can check for:
- Circular cracking
- Missing granules
If you notice any of these, call your insurance company immediately and file an insurance claim with your broker. Sometimes it is hard to notice damage, especially if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. Any damage from the storm left unfixed can lead to further exterior repairs, including a whole new roof. If you suspect you have damage, contact your insurance company.
Here are some tips for preventing wind and hail damage to your home:
- Install impact-resistant windows and doors
- Reinforce the garage door at weak points
- Secure or store outdoor patio furniture, tools and toys
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and pruned from branches that could damage property
If you’re unsure of how your insurance works, now is a good time to contact your broker to get more information on what exactly you are covered for in the event of a severe wind and hail storm, and potentially update your policy.
If you are in an area that was hit by severe hail damage such as Dalmeny and Langham, visit Kijenga.com and submit your project to get 3 free quotes for your insurance claim. Time is money and we make it super easy. We will connect you with certified contractors who have liability insurance, WCB insurance, business license and who come highly recommended from homeowners like you!
If you have family or friends needing quotes for an insurance claim, tell them to go to Kijenga and we’ll help them find the perfect contractor for their home!