Is Your Home Hurricane-Proof? - 5 Tips To Protect Your Home
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Is Your Home Hurricane-Proof? – 5 Tips To Protect Your Home

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The news is filled with reports concerning hurricane-affected areas and the aftermath of such calamity. In the past, it may be unlikely to hear about hurricane reports one after another, but today, it has become a part of life. With that said, it is smart to take necessary precautions to hurricane-proof your home.

As another storm comes your way, preparing your house for the worst possible events may be the best decision you will ever make. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of available technologies, from hurricane-proof concrete to reinforcements for doors and foundations. Renovating your home and adding hurricane-proof features will help mitigate the potential consequences of these storms. Here are some tips for protecting your home from this calamity.

Protect Your Doors And Windows

The first thing you can do to protect your home from strong winds and heavy rain is to reinforce your windows and doors. You can install impact-resistant glass or shutters which is very effective against high winds. It is also very durable and resistant to flying debris. Durable and resilient materials must be used since hurricane-force winds can hurl debris and objects towards your home.

As an added tip, you can consider installing shutters. If you do not want to make shutters a permanent feature of your home, you can install a track instead which allows for easy installation of shutters when there is an approaching storm. To get the best storm shutter protection, choose products that are approved by the Miami-Dade building code. This is the highest standard that any storm shutter can carry.

Fortify Your Garage

According to the executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association, the garage doors are considered as the weakest link in any property. In fact, about 80% of hurricane damage in a residential home starts with wind entry through the garage door. With that said, once you lose your garage door to a storm, you can consider your home lost as well because the high-speed winds can pressurize the residential building and blow the roof off.

A lot of garage doors are made with lightweight materials which are very affordable; unfortunately, these types of doors are also very vulnerable to high winds. As a tip, you must purchase a garage door with a sticker that provides you with a pressure rating. If you don’t find a sticker, there is a huge chance that you will need to reinforce your doors during a storm.

Consumer Reports also suggest homeowners to purchase garage doors with no windows, and those that are less than 9ft wide. It is also advisable to look for a door that is rated to withstand about 50 pounds of pressure per square foot. In addition, it is also prudent to choose a single door since it has a better chance of surviving strong winds than a double door.

Secure Your Roof

When a hurricane comes your way, the wind may feel like it will rip the roof off your house. The combination of pressurized wind can detach a roof which is not properly secured. If this happens, the walls are left without any support; thus, it will become unsteady. The walls will then collapse outward. But you can prevent this from happening. All you need to do is to secure your roof with some glue to increase its resistance to strong winds.

As a tip, you can use a premium flooring adhesive to secure your roof. You can use a caulking gun and then place a small amount of adhesive to the underside of your roof where it connects with the beams. Make sure to use adhesive that has been thoroughly tested and has a strong rating.

Allow Proper Flow Of Water

Another precaution is to keep your gutters and downspouts clean. Make sure that nothing will block the flowing water in case of a hurricane. This is very important because it allows the water to properly flow during a storm. You have to understand that the water needs to go somewhere. If it is unable to go down and away from your house, your roof and attic will suffer the consequences.

Clean Your Landscape

Lastly, clean your landscape and make sure that there are no fallen debris, branches of trees, and other items that might damage your home. Remember to get rid of any dead branches before the storm hits your area. It is also smart to secure or remove any furniture in your patio or other lose items outdoors since these items and fixtures might get blown around during the storm, causing damages and injuries.
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