How to Make Sure That Your House is Protected Against a Hurricane

You might have just passed hurricane season, or you might be reading this now in preparation for hurricane season, either way, you are probably wondering what can you do to protect your home from possible storm damage? There are a few simple things that you could do now which might minimize the storm’s impact on your home.

If you aren’t too sure about what storm protection you should get, then you might as well keep reading. You might have missed out on a simple thing and might regret it later. No matter where you live though, if you know that there is a potential of a hurricane coming through, then it’s better to have to much protection then regret it later.

Brace Your Garage Door

This one always seems to floor people, as most people think that the most important thing to protect is your roof. Now, although you shouldn’t forget about securing your roof, you might be surprised to learn that your garage door is the most vulnerable part of your house. Most people seem to forget about their garage door, but it’s really important that this part is secure.

Most people forget that their garage door is not reinforced. So, when a hurricane hits, the wind will get into the garage with ease, whilst at the same time, the wind swirling above your house will create a negative pull. This push-pull combination is the reason that your roof will come off. So, yes, your roof is important, but the best way to protect your roof against a hurricane is to brace your garage doors.

Secure Your Windows and Doors

Once your garage doors and roof are all secure the next thing that you need to focus on is securing your windows and doors. This is a really important step in helping to keep your house standing. If you have broken windows, then this can let rain and wind into the house. This will then increase the pressure under the roof (which might lead to it collapsing).

When it comes to protecting your doors and windows you should try and install storm shutters if you can, however, boarding up your windows will help a bit. If you are keen to get the best protection for your doors and windows though, then you can always check out a company like The Window Guys of Florida (who offer Window Guys Impact Windows). They can help offer you that little bit of extra protection by installing hurricane glass impact windows and doors for your home. A worthy investment if you want to make sure that your house is protected as much as possible during a hurricane.

Trim Your Trees

This one might sound silly, as to why a bit of gardening will help before a hurricane? But there is a really good reason for doing this and that is so that you don’t get any broken tree branches attacking your home (or your neighbor’s home for that matter). If you can, make sure to trim down any trees, or get rid of any that might seem to threaten your home and cause damage. Trees are the biggest causes of claims after a hurricane and can probably cause a lot of damage if not looked after properly.

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If the tree in question is entangled in power lines or sewage lines, you can call the power or sewer company to remove it for free. Most of them already have contracts with tree specialists in the areas that they serve. If your tree poses a risk to their services, they will cut it down for free.

Hurricane’s are quite obviously a pain. However, if the right precautions have been taken, then you can easily protect your home so that no serious damage is done. Obviously, you can’t protect your home fully as accidents do happen and you never know how bad a hurricane storm will be.

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However, if you follow these three simple steps then you can rest easy as you’ve done all you can to protect your home. If you are interested in finding out more about how to keep yourself or your home safe, then click here.

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