When you own a home or business in Connecticut there are a number of hazards you need to be concerned with. The structural integrity of your building or home is crucial and when you have severe weather such as heavy snow, driving rain and intense heat your roof and gutters often sustain damage. However, the element you should be most concerned with is wind.
Not many people think much about wind but they should, especially if you own a home. Hurricanes begin when wind speeds top 65 mph and even wind gusts that are below this mark can cause serious damage to the roof or gutters of a home or office building.
This past weekend most of the Connecticut shoreline experienced howling winds and steady rain and the combination made for some scary situations. When wind is blowing hard and the gusts are sustained it is very easy for roof shingles to tear and flap up and if it is raining the water may start to leak through the ceiling. Severe wind can also rattle loose gutters and in some extreme cases cause sections to collapse.
Perhaps the most serious danger of high winds is when trees get uprooted and branches break off. Homes and office buildings that are near trees are at risk for extensive damage if a branch or tree crashes through the roof or crushes the gutter system. Summer and winter can produce intense wind gusts and being near trees makes your home a target for expensive damage.
It’s easy to hype snow storms and torrential rain. These elements grab headlines and get people’s attention. However, when high winds are in the forecast and advisories are being broadcast it’s time take the breezes seriously.