If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather events, you likely spend a good amount of time worrying about what damage might happen to your house if it is hit by a hurricane. While impact windows and doors are unquestionably the best investment you can make when it comes to hurricane-proofing your home, sometimes it’s just not feasible to pay for such a large investment. Luckily, there are a few inexpensive steps you can take to minimize damage caused by a hurricane. Here are our our top 3 Inexpensive Ways to Hurricane-Proof Your Home.
- Install Window Shutters: Even if you cannot afford impact windows or doors at the moment, you still absolutely must make sure that your windows and doors are reinforced somehow. If you don’t protect your windows, especially, you run the risk of them shattering in a storm, which causes an extremely unsafe pressure change inside of a house and can result in the roof of the structure tearing off to accommodate said pressure. Traditionally, people have used wooden boards to prevent glass from shattering, letting strong and dangerous gusts of air in as a result. However, we recommend spending a bit more money to purchase and install shutters on your windows. Some shutters are specifically made to be hurricane-proof; these can be permanently installed on your windows, or you can have a shutter track installed and only install the shutters on an as-needed basis (say, at the first sign that a bad storm is coming in).
- Reinforce Your Deck and Your Roof: A hurricane is typified by extremely forceful winds that can wreak havoc on outdoor furniture and the roof of your house. Past survivors of particularly bad hurricanes have reported watching cars and even steamships get tossed around like paper in winds like these – and it goes without saying that flying debris of this kind is extremely dangerous. To protect your possessions from being blown away in a hurricane, and to protect your roof from being irreparably damaged, invest in a tethering system that you can use to tie your property down before a storm. You can even buy a device called a Lateral Anchor, which is a small piece of very strong metal, normally costing less than $20 apiece, that you can install in the corners of walls and patios that you need to reinforce. Also, always remember to bring any outdoor furniture you may have inside of your garage or house before a storm, so it doesn’t blow away and hurt your or someone else’s house (or someone else, for that matter).
- Don’t Neglect Your Gutters: The fact of the matter is, with hurricanes come rain – and a lot of it. To protect your house from incurring costly and unsafe water damage in a hurricane, make sure that your house’s gutters and downspouts are kept clean and positioned to direct the flow of water away from your house. If you don’t, then you run the risk of water backing up and pouring into the structural foundation of your house or your attic, thereby decreasing the structural security of your home. Make checking your gutters and downspouts part of your weekly upkeep – trust us, you’ll be happy you did.
These 3 tips will help you protect your property and your family from injury in a hurricane, but nothing will ever give you peace of mind like windows and doors that are specifically crafted to withstand the force of Mother Nature in a hurricane. If you live in a hurricane-prone place and you’re going to make one investment for your family, make it hurricane-proof windows and doors – and if you have any questions about what this entails, Paradise Exteriors is always here to help.