What to Do if Your Home Sustains Wind Damage From a Winter Storm

What should you do if your home sustains wind damage from a winter storm? This guide outlines the steps you should take – and what you should do to stay safe.

What to Do if Your Home Sustains Wind Damage From a Winter Storm

If your home sustains wind damage from a winter storm and you can’t repair it yourself, the first thing you should do is get in touch with a wind and storm damage repair expert. Severe windstorms can be catastrophic, and the sooner you get repairs underway, the better. (Leaving your home – or parts of your home – exposed to the elements can invite even more damage.)

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Winter storm damage isn’t limited to wind damage, but some of the most common issues involve:

  • Torn-off siding
  • Blown-off shingles
  • Window cracks and other types of damage
  • Fallen chimneys
  • Broken, damaged or ripped-off gutters

There are a handful of severe wind types, each of which involves winds exceeding 50 or 60 miles per hour. Those are outlined in the following table. 

Wind Type Characteristics
Straight-line winds All winds that aren’t associated with rotation 
Downdrafts Small columns of air that press quickly toward the ground
Downbursts Typically come with thunderstorms
Microbursts Small, highly concentrated downbursts that can exceed 170 miles per hour
Gust fronts Cold air hits warm air from a thunderstorm
Bow echoes Shaped like a bow and can produce extremely severe straight-line winds

Unfortunately, any of these wind types – many of which are common during winter storms – can cause damage to your home’s structure. They can also damage trees and power lines near your home, which can be secondary sources of damage.

If your home is damaged by wind from a winter storm, you should call a disaster remediation expert as soon as possible. The sooner you have the damage repaired, the less-likely your home is to sustain further damage.

Do You Need a Disaster Remediation Expert in Washtenaw County or Jackson County?

If your home has already been damaged, we can help. Check out our services and call 734-352-9183 for your free disaster remediation quote today. We offer:

Water damage restoration

Mold removal and remediation

Fire and smoke restoration

Sewer cleanup and disinfecting


Wind and storm damage repair