Install Hurricane Shutters
During a storm flying debris can easily break through your average window and cause major damage. Hurricane shutters are designed to cover the exterior of your windows, blocking this debris. You could also opt for hurricane-proof windows, but hurricane shutters do the job just as well in most cases. They are also less expensive and much more DIY friendly than completely replacing your windows.
Clean Your Yard
If you want to do something that will protect your home against wind right now, then go clean up your yard. Can something so simple (and free) really make a difference? Absolutely. Often, the wind itself isn’t what’s doing damage. The high-speed wind picks up branches and debris on the ground and propels them at great speed. Even something small and unassuming like a tree branch can do major damage when it’s going that fast. Gravel is also a major offender so if you have a gravel path or driveway consider replacing it with something like bark.
Fortify Your Garage
Your garage door may seem big and sturdy, but it’s actually one of the most vulnerable points of your home during high-wind events. It’s also one of the most important, after your roof. When the garage door goes the high-speed wind can easily blow into the house and pressurize it, which can cause the roof to blow off in severe cases.
Fortunately, you can install storm braces to fortify your garage against the wind. These braces are made of high-quality metals and are designed to withstand winds of up to 180 mph. Yes, this will cost you, but it’s certainly cheaper than replacing your roof!
Get A Wind Mitigation Inspection
A wind mitigation inspection can pinpoint the weakest areas of your home, allowing you to focus your wind-proofing efforts on the areas where it’s most needed. Getting a wind mitigation inspection can also save you on your homeowner’s insurance. In some cases, the resultant savings are more than enough to pay for the cost of the inspection itself. Don’t worry about “failing” the inspection either, even if your home is particularly susceptible to wind you won’t be penalized. There really is no downside to getting a wind mitigation inspection.
When it comes to wind, it’s never too early to start preparing. If there are any weaknesses that open your home up to wind damage a thorough wind mitigation inspection from Super Inspection Pros will find them and make your home that much safer. Please, contact us today to schedule a wind mitigation inspection for your home or to learn more about our other home inspection services.