Being here in Florida, we’re always managing the risk of hurricanes making their way to our shores. As such, hurricane-proofing your home is a priority that most Floridians mostly take for granted but should be something that’s more front of mind for every home owner in the area.
Truth be told, there’s no way to 100% ‘hurricane-proof’ your home. Storms are just to volatile like that. But there are ways that you can tilt the odds in your favor and mitigate any potential damage that might occur. Today, we’re going to be talking about some of the additions you can make to your home to make it more hurricane resistant.
Let’s jump right in!
Impact resistant windows and doors
Storm windows and doors are an essential component of a hurricane-proof house. Storm windows are double-paned, meaning they have two layers of glass and air-tight seals that are durable and resistant to the elements. The doors are made out of heavy metal and similarly durable materials. Both represent a way into your home and truth be told – the majority of hurricane damage tends to be from water, leaks and the like and these two things can help reduce your risk substantially.
Keeping things dry
Speaking of water damage, it’s always important that if you live in an at-risk area for hurricanes that you keep a healthy supply of sealants, waterproof membranes, house wrap and windscreen systems. This will help keep rain and moisture out of the home and make it easier for the house to resist other damaging after effects like mold and mildew.
Hurricane shutters can help protect windows and other openings in your home from debris that’s being kicked about by excessive winds. In the event a window does break, there can be significant consequences including flooding, rising air pressure in the home and extreme damage. While people tend to worry themselves with the labor costs of these shutters – there are many insurance companies who will offer significantly reduced rates for these sorts of improvements.
Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas as to how you can hurricane-proof your home! If you’re interested in making sure your home is a little bit safer from hurricanes, give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation.