How to Cope With Storm Damage in Georgia

It never fails that when a tropical storm (or hurricane) hits crosses the Gulf of Mexico and hits northern Florida, we are going to see damage in Georgia. It’s just as much part of living here as tornadoes are in Kansas. Prepare as much as possible, then call us if you suffer structural damage.

Newnan, GA, June 8, 2018

Residents of Newnan, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, saw that first-hand earlier this summer. The Junction Lane Family Entertainment Center received heavy damage from a severe thunderstorm that caused part of the roof to cave in cave-in from torrential rains. When the roof caved, it caused a fire sprinkler line to break creating even more damage.┬áThe owner estimated the damage between $40,000 – $50,000.

Storms Across North Georgia, June 1, 2018

A week earlier, the same sort of weather conditions took out roofs from fallen trees and lightning fires from Snellville through Hall County. Damage was scattered, yet extensive. Fortunately, no lives were lost and power outages were quickly restored.

These were the results of Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season. It made landfall in northern Florida on May 28 and carried torrential rains inland over Alabama and Georgia. As these massive weather systems move onto land, the wind and rain ferocity slows but not before causing damage to homes, businesses, and nature. The best we can do is prepare as much as possible and then deal with the aftermath.

All that weekend residents and business owners across North Georgia watched closely as heavy rain and high winds played havoc. Along with flash flooding, they had to contend with more than 200 trees that were downed on the eastern side of Atlanta near Stone Mountain by strong winds according to the National Weather Service. Some of those trees fell on structures and homes.

Storm Damage Across Deep South, May 20, 2018

High winds toppled trees and power lines in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia on Sunday, May 20, just one week prior to Subtropical Storm Alberto. Any time there are winds high enough to topple trees, down power lines, and cause a gas station canopy to fall on a car (Atlanta), you are going to have some structural damage to homes and businesses. There’s just no way around that.

What to do After Sustaining Storm Damage

When storm damage affects you, call Cheetah Roofing. Our family values are what has served us well in establishing relationships with our customers. We give you the information you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your home or business and the repairs needed following one of our notorious Southern storms.

Our staff is well-trained, including former insurance claims processors and field managers that are experienced with how insurance companies work. We even use the same software as the insurance companies so their estimates for damage will match ours. We can help you get your claim processed quickly.

You can also count on us giving you the highest quality work. We can do any of the following for you: roofing, storm damage and hail damage repair, siding, replacement windows, gutters, and/or commercial roofing-flat.

The Deep South is a wonderful area of this great nation, no doubt. We have much to be thankful for when it comes to living here. Yet we must be mindful to take care of our homes and commercial properties. Here are few preventative tips:

  • Take care of trees close to buildings, having them removed if they do not appear healthy; at least pruning dead branches that may fall.
  • Install wind straps to increase roof-to-wall connections and reduce the chance of a roof detaching during a storm.
  • Secure loose shingles with a tube of roofing cement, which costs around $5, to reduce the risk of losing shingles in the wind.
  • Secure garage doors with vertical braces. Garage doors can often be weak links during storms, and braces will boost their wind resistance.
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are clear.