Hurricane season is officially over, so there’s no better time than the present to really regroup and take your time to think about where you might want to make improvements to your home for the future.
Here’s 7 ways you can prepare your home for the future.
Upgrade Your Windows and Doors
Traditional windows, doors, and garage doors are no match for hurricane force winds and flying debris. Consider replacing windows and doors with impact resistant versions, rated to withstand flying debris and hurricane force windspeeds.
Not ready to replace all of your windows and doors? Another option is to install storm shutters or storm screens. Impact shutters are available in many varieties – from simple storm panel systems that slide into tracks to automatic roll-down shutters that are as easy to operate as your garage door.
Storm screens are great for larger areas like lanais, large windows, and entryways. They are a low-cost alternative that can be easily packed away in protective bags until needed.
Keep The Yard Clear
Fall is a great time to prune trees and remove dead branches. Be particularly aware of crossed branches and anything too close to your house. You don’t want to run the risk of additional damage to your home when a loose limb flies through a window.
Be sure that you have a place to store your patio furniture. Any loose items need a secure home when a hurricane draws near. A chair or table could become deadly in hurricane-force winds. Also, if you secure your furniture prior to a storm, you won’t have to track it down later!
Reinforce the Roof
We all have seen devastating videos of houses being torn apart by hurricane force winds— specifically when the roof fails. Recent Florida building codes have mandated specific construction fastening systems for roofs.
However, if your home is more than 15 years old, you may want to evaluate your roof and what sort of reinforcements that are currently recommended for your area. Adding tie-downs or lateral anchors can save your roof – and potentially your home – in a hurricane situation.
Beef up Your Biggest Door
The garage door is the biggest opening to your home, posing a significant risk for damage in the event of high winds and flying debris of a hurricane if it isn’t impact resistant.
In a hurricane, a garage door that can’t withstand the storm will allow winds to sweep through the house, ultimately blowing the roof right off. Installing an impact garage door can literally save your home in a storm.
Get Your Mind in the Gutters
Keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and debris keeps the water flowing where it should – down, and away from your home. If it’s not flowing away from your home, it’ll back up into your roof and attic.
While you are up high trimming trees this fall and winter, check in on your gutters and downspouts to be sure they are free of debris. Regular gutter maintenance can mean the difference between minor and major hurricane damage.
Keep the Power
Where there are storms, there are power outages. Having a backup power source is a great plan for any time of year where severe storms may blow through – not just hurricane season.
Though whole-house generators are a fantastic option, even a small generator that keeps your essentials running can bring peace of mind and help you withstand the inevitable outage.
Keep in mind that generators can be noisy, so consider the impact on your neighbors and your own sanity when placing the generator – find a location that won’t be too disruptive to anyone while it is running.
If you are ready to make some storm-ready upgrades to your home, Storm Solutions can help. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate on impact windows and doors, storm shutters and storm screens!