Minnesota is no stranger to harsh weather conditions, like hail and high winds, that can wreak havoc on homes.

From straight-line winds and fallen branches to hail and ice, the damage caused to your roof can be more extensive than you realize. While many homeowners understand the need for roofing, siding, and window repairs after a big storm, many are tempted to put off repairs temporarily, either due to out-of-pocket costs or busy schedules. However, delaying repairs can result in serious consequences down the line. Here are three reasons why it’s essential to fix hail and storm damage as soon as possible.

1. Prevent Water Damage

In the aftermath of storm damage, one of the biggest dangers is moisture. Broken shingles or loose siding will allow precipitation to penetrate openings in your home’s exterior and reach vulnerable materials inside your walls. This increases the risk of dangerous mold growth, which can destroy wood and drywall, potentially causing respiratory issues for anyone exposed to airborne spores. Fortunately, you can inhibit water-related damage by fixing your homes exterior quickly.

hail damage on roof shingles
siding damage from severe hail storm and high winds

2. Conserve Energy

Exterior storm damage can reduce your home’s efficiency. Your roofing, siding, and windows serve as a protective barrier, essentially operating as your home’s force field from the elements. When those elements are damaged, outdoor air is allowed to seep into your home while the climate-controlled air inside escapes. You’ll quickly notice your energy bills skyrocketing because your HVAC system can’t keep up with the ever-changing temperatures.

3. Avoid Costly Issues

The majority of Minnesota storm damage is associated with fairly simple fixes, usually only requiring replacement of exterior materials. However, the longer your home is exposed to dangerous elements, the more likely widespread damage will occur. Instead of a quick exterior repair, you’ll face the mounting costs of beam, wall, and stud replacements. If severe leaks develop, your flooring and belongings can also be destroyed.

water damage inside a home after a storm

Ask for Help

It’s essential to seek professional assistance quickly if your home’s exterior experiences hail and storm damage. Exteriors by Highmark has a highly-skilled construction team that specializes in repairs and restoration of both residential and commercial structures. Get a free home inspection to assess the extent of the damage and make a plan for repairs. Scheduling repairs as soon as possible can help prevent water damage, conserve energy, and avoid costly issues later.

Contact us today at (952) 641-6086 to schedule a free home inspection and learn more about our repair process.