Hurricane Proof Your Home

  • Roofs are particularly prone to uplifts when strong winds start blowing. So before hurricane season come around, make sure your roof is properly secured. In most places this is code-mandated in order to avoid any part of your roof structure to fly around and hurt anyone. There are many types of roof anchors available depending on your location and construction method.
  • Flying debris and other objects that hurricane-force winds may pick up and hurl at your home may penetrate your doors and windows. If your home has a lot of glass windows or sliding doors, you are particularly vulnerable. It is very important to install protective shutters or even impact-resistant glass. If you don’t want unsightly shutters to destroy the aesthetic of your home, you can have a permanent track placed on which you can easily install shutters when a storm is brewing.
  • Having a well maintained landscape free of dead branches, unstored garden tools, and other items not only looks tidy, it’s good preparation for any storm. Having things lying around your lawn only adds to the number of objects that can get blown around. Also, don’t forget to keep all your garden furniture, barbecue grills and potted plants stored when weather reports say strong winds are on the way.
  • The rest of the home may be storm proof but a lot of times people forget how vulnerable garage doors may be. Garage doors can easily give way and allow strong winds or hurled objects to do damage on your home. Make sure your garage door is made of sturdy material or has extra protection just like the rest of the doors and windows in your house.
  • A well protected home is useless unless you have the basic necessities to sustain yourselves. Keep basic supplies good for at least 3 days always stored up in your home. Make sure to have potable water and food that doesn’t require refrigeration like canned or preserved goods. Also have candles, batteries, a first aid kit and a radio.