Hurricane season is nearly upon us, and if you own waterfront property in Southwest Florida, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever the season may bring. While we all hope for a quiet hurricane season, we know that it’s best to be ready for anything. Read on to find ideas to help you prepare your waterfront home hurricane season.
Documentation and Securing Your Possessions
When preparing for hurricane season, it’s important to take steps that may prevent any damage to yourself, possessions, and property. Remind your family to listen to any hurricane warnings and follow guidelines.
For your possessions, you can:
- 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 strike, and will give you peace of mind.
- 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. These easily moved items can also be moved by hurricane-force winds. Secure your boat in dry storage or anchorage, either offshore or at your dock.
- Take valuables with you: 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.
Hurricane preparedness should include your home or business protection. While there may not be such a thing as a hurricane proof house, there are steps you can take to protect your property and give you peace of mind.
Hurricane Preparedness for Windows
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.
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:
- Hurricane Shutters: Hurricane shutters are permanently installed, impact resistant protection for your windows and small openings to patio spaces. There are many styles to choose from including accordion, roll down, and Bahama shutters.
- 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.
- Hurricane Screens: Lightweight, strong, and budget-friendly, hurricane 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.
Hurricane Preparedness for Doors and Garage Doors
While you are protecting your waterfront property from flying debris with window solutions, you should also consider an impact entry door and an impact resistant garage door. These options can help give your property a more complete protection from strong winds, increased flooding, and flying debris.
Your hurricane protection options for entryways into your property include:
- Impact Doors: Impact doors keep your home safe with special fiberglass or aluminum construction and reinforced jambs. Decorative doors with impact glass insets are also available.
- Impact Garage Doors: If you have a garage, consider the addition of an impact garage door. In short, if the garage door fails, your home is 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 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.
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.
To discover more ways you can protect your property, download our hurricane guide.