Owning a home is a big investment. Unfortunately, Mother Nature and Father Time can damage your roof and siding.

If you are in an area that has frequent storms that involved wind or hail please consider this if it’s time to replace your roof or siding.

Composite shingles have improved and are better able to hold up to our Midwest weather. However, they are still susceptible to damage from severe storms. If your roof has been damaged by a storm or your roof is older and it’s time to replace it, consider installing a roof with a label UL2218 Class 4 or FM4473 Class 4. These classes of material are designed to withstand the impact of larger hail and resist damage to your roof. Steel roofs are also designed to withstand penetration from hailstones. Many insurance carriers offer a discount if one of these roof materials is installed.

There are also new siding materials designed to resist impact from hail. Installing siding with cellulose fiber-cement siding and trim such as Hardie-Panel, Hardie-Plank, or LP Smartside can also provide a discount from insurance carriers.

In addition, you can install several types of protective devices that may result in a discount on your homeowner’s insurance. Most popular are the central station alarm systems in which a third party monitors your home for fire or theft and contacts the proper authority if an alarm is triggered. There are also alarms designed just for fire that report directly to the fire department. Another alarm system for burglary would report directly to the police department.

Installing improved building materials or an alarm system will help protect your biggest investments – your home and personal property.

West Bend Cares
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