Hurricane season is upon us, and if you are a Southwest Florida waterfront property owner, you need to be sure you are prepared for whatever the season may bring – even more so than your landlocked friends inland. While we all hope for a quiet hurricane season, we know that it’s always best to be prepared for the worst.
Read on to find ideas to help you prepare your waterfront home for whatever this hurricane season can blow our way.
Document and List
Take pictures or video of your deck, seawall, and home exterior. Photos and video as well as lists can be extremely helpful for FEMA or insurance claims if a hurricane does in fact strike.
Secure and Store
When a hurricane or tropical storm is approaching, move all patio furniture, potted plants, deck ropes, flags, and any other items into a secure building. If you can pick it up, so could a tropical storm or hurricane force wind. Secure your boat in dry storage or anchorage, either offshore or at your dock.
Protect Your Home
Since there are no barriers between your home and an oncoming storm, your waterfront property is especially vulnerable to high wind and storm surge from a hurricane. Having strong protection in place is essential for keeping your home safe.
- Windows - While you could use a system of plywood, 2x4s and TapCons, this is a lot of hard, sweaty work – and supplies of lumber and TapCons always run low in an impending storm situation. There are a few better, more secure, and far less labor-intensive options you should consider:
- Storm Shutters- Storm shutters are permanently installed, impact resistant protection for your windows and small openings to patio spaces. There are many styles to choose from, accordion, roll down, and bahama shutters are just a few types. There are even options that can be operated with a press of a button.
- Impact Windows - Impact windows are made using specialty materials designed to withstand hurricane force winds and the debris that may fly in the event of a hurricane. These windows look and operate like “normal” windows but provide protection and peace of mind. They are available in many different styles, sizes and tints to suit your home’s style.
- Storm Screens - Lightweight, strong, and budget-friendly, storm screens can protect areas where shutters and other solutions may not be ideal, like large windows and open lanais. Some roll up style storm screens can even be motorized and controlled by your home automation system.
- Doors - While you are protecting your waterfront property from flying debris with window solutions, you should also consider an impact entry door and garage door.
- Impact Doors - Impact doors keep your home safe with special fibreglass or aluminum construction and reinforced jambs. Decorative doors with impact glass insets are also available.
- Impact Garage Doors - If you have a garage, perhaps one of the more important storm-ready upgrades you can make to your home is the addition of an impact garage door. In short, if the garage door fails, your home is basically open to all the wind, debris, and change of pressure that a storm can bring – which can, in worst case scenarios, result in roof and even wall failure. Impact garage doors, like impact entry doors, are made of special materials intended to handle the impacts of debris, heavy winds, and driving rain. They also feature reinforced hardware and rail systems, so the door will stay closed and strong through a storm, protecting your whole home.
- Personal Property - Be sure you have any important documents, family photos, and any other irreplaceable items stored in a safe location. The best plan is to bring these things with you when evacuating. If that’s not a possibility, store them somewhere high, as storm surge is a very real threat for waterfront property owners.
Storm Solutions is your one-stop hurricane preparedness specialist. We can help protect your waterfront property with shutters, windows, doors, and screens for your home or business.
Contact us today for a free in-home estimate. We’ll be happy to find the best solutions for your needs.