Preparing The Exterior Of Your Home For A Hurricane
If you live where you have to worry about hurricane force winds then you want to make sure you take all of the steps that you can to protect the exterior of your home from damage caused by those winds. Here are some of the things you should do in preparation for hurricane season so you know your home is as safe as possible:
Consider installing impact-resistant windows in your home
When hurricanes are a big threat to your home, it may be a good idea for you to have your regular windows replaced by impact-resistant windows. When these windows are installed, they can take a lot more of a beating, and you won't have to worry about them breaking. Keep in mind that it is still a good idea for you to hammer up sheets of plywood to cover the entire window areas. The reasons for still doing this include protecting the frames and sills, as well as making it, so looters aren't able to see inside of your house after the hurricane if you decided to wait it out from another location.
Have weaker trees removed
If you have weak, diseased, dying or dead trees in your yard, then the best thing for you to do is to go ahead and have them professionally removed before hurricane season arrives. This way, you won't have to worry about the trees or their branches being torn down and slamming into your home, your vehicles or anything else. A tree slamming against your home can do a tremendous amount of damage.
Keep on top of the condition of your roof
It's always important for you to make sure you check your roof and rain gutters routinely so you can avoid leaks, missing shingles or tiles, clogged rain gutters and other issues. However, when you know that hurricane season is approaching, it's even more important to be sure your roof is up to the challenge. If you see any signs of weaknesses, get a roofer out right away to reinforce the weak areas.
Consider getting a new garage door or reinforcing the one you have
Garage doors are wide and open from the house. These two things can make them a huge weakness during a hurricane because the hurricane force winds can get under the door, rip it open, and cause major damage. Also, once the door has been opened, everything in your garage will also be at risk. If you have an old garage door or a basic one, think about having a new and good quality one installed. Make sure extra steps are taken to reinforce it during the garage door installation process as well.