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Common Damages of Tornadoes to Homes

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 by in Natural Disasters | 0 comments

Americans are vulnerable to an alarming number of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, and bushfires. But one kind of natural disaster is not getting as much attention – tornadoes.

Tornadoes, just like other natural disasters, can pose a threat not just to American lives, but also to American properties, like homes.

Below are some of the most commonly damaged parts of the house during a tornado.

Roof Damage

We have all seen it in disaster movies – roofs of houses getting blown away by monstrous tornadoes. This is a stereotype because it does happen. Also, contrary to popular belief, this happens not just because of the sheer force of the tornado, but also because of how strong the roof is attached to the foundation of the house.

Glass Breakage

In the event of a tornado, there will be flying debris and projectiles that can crash into the glasses in your house and break them. Typically, the glasses in your house can be found in windows and doors. But it is important to note that these flying objects are not just the ones that can break glass, the pure force inflicted by the tornado can break glass just as effectively, if not more.

Wall Damage

In extreme cases, tornadoes may have enough power to hurl big objects, such as vehicles and trees, and slam them onto your walls. At worst, this can result into wall collapse, but wall cracking and paint chipping should not be overlooked. But even during tornadoes that are not so powerful, flying debris can be unavoidable, so your walls can still sustain damage.

Damage Assessment

According to the website of these Houston public adjusters, there are instances where insurance companies don’t give you what you deserve, like when they improperly appraise the value and assess the damage in your property.

Aside from the general damages mentioned above, there may be more damages that are unique to your case, like how your garage door may be broken, or how an uprooted tree has destroyed another part of your house. So, you should be very extensive in assessing damage.

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