Protect Your Home From Wind Damage by Following These Steps
Hurricane season started on June 1, so now is the perfect time to make preparations to protect your home from wind damage. Take these steps now so that if a big storm hits, your property will fare better. Keep your family safe and spare yourself from unwanted expenses and hassle with these tips.
1. Secure shingles
Loose shingles pose a hazard since they can damage items when they come loose and fly around your property. Loose or missing shingles also make your roof vulnerable to water damage. Securing shingles by overlapping and using at least six nails or staples is a significantly smaller expense than paying for emergency roof repairs.
2. Cover doors and windows
Aluminum or steel shutters can protect the glass on your windows and doors. Objects may be tossed around during a significant wind event and crack or shatter the glass. You can close the storm shutters when a storm is on its way to keep your glass intact. Shutters are a wise investment since it’s dangerous to have broken glass and expensive to replace broken windows.
3. Fasten siding and roofing
Strong winds can tear loose siding off the walls and roof. Use appropriate siding with properly sized screws, bolts, or clips to prevent it from detaching. Fasteners should be placed on the edges close together with all edges covered to prevent wind from getting underneath the siding and pulling it free.
4. Cut down trees
A key way to protect your home from wind damage is to cut down trees that pose a hazard. Those that are close to windows, your roof, or leaning towards your home should be assessed and removed if necessary. Trees that could hit your house if they toppled over at full height should also be removed. Remove dying or dead trees and trim branches that could be dangerous in a heavy wind storm. Large trees will require a professional tree service to be removed safely.
5. Anchor free-standing buildings
Use anchors on all freestanding buildings or items such as sheds, trampolines, swing sets, grills, and outdoor furniture to prevent them from blowing around during a storm. Cables, chains, and ground anchors can keep your belongings intact and keep them from causing damage to your home or other areas of your property. Bring smaller items indoors if you have proper warning ahead of time and are able to protect your home before a storm.
6. Hire a home inspector
Something you may not have considered to protect your home from wind damage is to schedule a wind mitigation inspection with an experienced home inspector. They will look at building features and check components and features that need to be in place to withstand high winds when a storm comes. A certified wind mitigation inspector can point out vulnerable areas and make recommendations on how to make your home storm-ready.
Take proactive measures to protect your home from wind damage. It’s safer and more affordable to prevent damage than it is to repair damages from a strong storm that roars through your area. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for homeowners who’ve properly installed certain features to migitate wind damage.