It’s tempting to start this off with a tis the season reference, but we’re talking hurricane season which doesn’t equate in anyway with jolly as a norm. However, there is no need for a gloom and doom reference either.
At any rate, we’ll just whistle a happy tune and call it good.
Hopefully, if a Category 5 is headed directly your way, you evacuated and everyone is safe and sound. That one, my friend, we chalk up to the price we pay for living in paradise, collect the insurance, and move on. Easier said than done applies, of course, but when you think about the big picture…
Well, everyone’s still in it!
Yes, there’s a lot to be said for safe and sound.
Oh, the truth in that statement! Home is for making memories, our sanctuary, and where we keep our stuff! We want to do all we can to make sure it’s ready to withstand the elements. And, around here, those elements can pack winds in excessive of 157 mph!
If you own your home, now is the time to prepare. You never know when it will be time to batten down the hatches! We can give you some ideas that will keep you shipshape for years to come.
Hurricane force winds don’t just knock! The wind pushes against your doors relentlessly with full force. Reinforced entry doors provide added protection for your home and family. Your options abound in today’s market. Beautiful, hurricane resistant doors are a real thing!
You can also beef up your existing doors. It involves drilling holes in the floor and installing brackets just above the door. During a hurricane, insert steel rods in the predrilled holes and secure them at the top with the brackets.
At the same time, don’t forget the garage door! It has been named the weakest point in a house. The large surface area is not made of substantial materials making it a point of entry for winds. In fact, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes states that at least 80% of residential hurricane damage is caused by losing the garage door.
It’s not a matter of if a hurricane hits, it’s a matter of when!
After the destruction left in Andrew’s wake, stricter building codes came into play. One of the stipulations, new construction must include hurricane resistant windows. That’s not to say that new construction cornered the market, though, by any means.
Owners of older homes see the value of installing hurricane resistant windows as well. Reinforced with a high tech sheet of polymer, glass becomes shatterproof! It may crack, even spiderweb, but it isn’t going anywhere! Manufacturers that are secure with that statement even provide a lifetime guarantee.
Windows are put to the test before they receive hurricane resistant status. The missile test! Yes, sir! They build hurricane resistant windows to take a punch, hands down!
Another option to protect your windows during hurricane season are hurricane shutters. They come in a variety of styles. The most economical choice would be shutters that you put up in anticipation of a storm. Granted, it’s a bit of a pain. Put them up, take them down, repeat. That can get a little old. However, that big picture pops to mind again and better safe than sorry rules.
Roll down, accordion, storm panels, colonial, the list goes on. As long as they meet Florida’s compliance specifications, they’ll do fine.
Raising the roof and hurricane never go well together in a sentence.
However, uplift is bound to happen in the event of a hurricane and you want to keep everything tied down tight! It can make all the difference. Whether your home is shingled, has a metal roof, or anything in between, there is a wind resistance speed attached.
Do you know what yours is?
In addition to roofing systems, homeowners can bulk up to resist strong winds by installing extra bracing in the attic of your home. Usually, you nail 2×4’s to form “x” patterns on the underside of the rafters. Hurricane clips attach to the top plate and rafters or trusses. The clips rate for protection from 400 to more than 1500.
A little research will determine which is right for you.
Never would we wish that your home end up in that condition during hurricane season!
It just carries on in the vein of the other subheadings.
However, we do have one last tip and wanted to draw attention to your home at ground level.
The latest innovation in high wind protection has arrived. Tie down techniques literally connect your home to its foundation. It involves connecting to both the J-bolt of the foundation to the top plate.
Forget hurricanes for a minute. I can’t help but think how happy the wicked witch of the West’s sister would have been if Uncle Henry had had such an innovative product!
Taking the time to hurricane-proof your home is a wise idea. Knowing you have done so provides peace of mind when you and your family weather the storms inside together. If conditions warranted evacuation, the hope of returning with minor damage to repair vs. total destruction is up there on the list, too. But, hey, there’s insurance for that.
Insurance just doesn’t come from your agent. (By the way, we should mention that if you make any of these improvements, you should check with your agent. Your premium might go down.)
Knowing you have done all that you can to battle our ferocious storms is insurance in its own right. It is so both this hurricane season and for those to come. That brings a sense of pride, doesn’t it?
It feels a lot warmer and fuzzier than thinking of your insurance agent.
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