Hurricanes are no laughing matter. They can cause severe devastation and serious property damage, even when you’re not in the direct path. After having lived through a dozen hurricanes in Florida and the surrounding states first hand, I’ve taken a particular interest in hurricane preparation for my property each year during storm season. Whether your home is on the coast of Florida or the in the middle of the United States, severe weather can strike. With enough forewarning and preparation, a home can be hurricane proofed as best as possible.
Doors and Windows
These two areas of the home are some of its weakest points. By installing storm shutters and storm doors, you can help prevent broken windows and doors that lead to inner pressure loss. As heavy storms increase air pressure, windows and doors can actually explode. This can cause roof damage in severe winds.
Garage doors are no different and can be easily damaged resulting in increased uplift on the roof and structure of the home. Dangerous wind gust can punch garage doors right off of the hinges. If your garage door is older than 10 years old and you can afford it, get a new garage door. If not, reinforcing your existing garage door is possible with this article from NOAA on hurricane preparedness.
Trim your Trees
Trimming your trees away from your roof and other structures not only helps protect your home from damage, it also helps protect the trees from a damage. As tree branches grow, they accumulate weight which during high winds, can sheer off braches, splitting the tree and exposing it to decay.
A good licensed tree surgeon can help protect your tree and promote growth. Damaged or rotting trees don’t have to be felled and can be saved with the proper professional procedures.
Besides organizing and putting away the outdoor things you won’t use during storm season, taking an inventory of those items can help in case of damage. Measure decks and patios to ensure proper dimensions in cases of damage. Take inventory of landscaping as well since they are typically damaged first.