Wind and Storm Damage Affects Iowa Homeowners
Posted on August 18, 2020 in Pella Windows & Doors of Eastern Iowa
Central Iowa isn't commonly known as a hurricane-impacted area. Yet hurricane-force winds ripped through towns across Iowa on August 10th as part of a strong line of storms known as a derecho. The August storms left many Midwest homeowners cleaning up damage to their homes and properties and over a million lost power.
Cedar Rapids was one of the hardest hit cities with many homes sustaining major damage to roofs, windows, and siding, but damage was seen from Des Moines through the Quad Cities. Downed trees along with strong winds caused much of the large-scale damage but homes can be impacted in a number of different ways and some damage is not as easy to spot. Homeowners commonly have their roof and siding inspected after a strong storm, but many don’t realize that roofing and siding companies usually don’t inspect for damage to windows and doors. Even minor damage can cause leaks in your window components that can lead to drafts, fogging and material deterioration, all of which can increase home energy costs.
As Iowa homeowners assess the damages and begin work to repair and rebuild, Pella Windows and Doors of Eastern Iowa can help.
What to do if you experience storm damage to your windows and doors:
- First, be cautious around any broken glass. Survey the window area to make sure any broken glass is cleared to prevent injury. Ensure damaged windows and doors are secured.
- Contact your insurance agent to report damage. Your insurance agent should be able to give you details about your homeowner's policy and any coverage you may have.
- Call Pella to set up an in-home consultation. Even if you don’t have Pella windows and doors in your home, our professionals are here to help.
A representative from Pella can inspect your windows and doors for damage and review all your options with you, whether you need repairs or you’re looking into replacement windows or doors. We can also provide the necessary documentation for filing an insurance claim and work with the adjuster who will inspect your home. Even if you’ve already had an adjuster out to look at your roof and siding, once you file a claim, it is likely they will return to inspect your windows and doors to verify the damage.
When your claim is approved and your payment arrives, you can look forward to getting your windows and doors fixed or replaced. Our team will coordinate with you to find the best time to get to work repairing or replacing your hail-damaged windows or doors.
Our large team of experienced window and door professionals understands that dealing with severe weather events can be stressful. Let us do the hard part, so you can get back to enjoying functioning windows and doors as soon as possible.