There’s nothing worse than experiencing the devastation that storms can wreck on your home. Whether you’ve had trees down that have hit your house, lost roof tiles or been flooded, it can cause horrendous problems to your living conditions. Here are some ways you may need to upgrade your home as the result of storm damage.
1) Reinforce Your Roof
It’s always a good idea to reinforce your roof after a storm, whether or not you’ve lost tiles. This can include installing extra support beams or having old tiles replaced. This is especially important if you have an older home that wasn’t designed to withstand strong winds and battering rain. Also, consider replacing the shingles if they are worn out or damaged and ensure a waterproof sealant is added too to add a degree of extra protection against future roof damage.
2) Upgrade Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, so if it’s been affected by storm damage, it’s a room you’ll want to get back to full function as soon as possible. Start by assessing the damage and working out what needs to go and what needs to be replaced. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to call in professionals to do the work for you – it’s worth it if they can get it done quickly and save you the stress and hassle of DIY.
3) Re-Decorating a Bedroom
If storm damage has affected a bedroom, for example due to flooding or being hit by a falling tree, you’ll need to replace any damaged furniture and install new flooring. If the room is wet, you may need a dehumidifier to help deal with the damp before you repaint any walls, decorate or add new furniture, such as built in wardrobes. Since you’re doing the work, it may be worth considering adding insulation too, to help keep the room warm during the winter months.
4) Update Pipework
When you’re looking at ways to upgrade your home after a storm, another issue you might want to consider is updating any pipework and drains. This is especially so if you’ve experienced issues with flooding. A professional plumber can help with a drain survey to ensure all your drains are functioning correctly and can fix any leaks in interior or exterior pipework.
5) Install Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is one of the best ways to upgrade your home, so might be worth considering whilst your upgrade work is underway, especially if you already have scaffolding providing access to your roof. Not only will it reduce your electricity bill, but it will also help you take advantage of natural sunlight in order to generate power for your home. In addition, installing solar panels can also increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers.