From thunderstorms to hurricanes, high winds can wreak havoc on your home. Homeowners need to take precautions to protect their dwellings from intense storms. Here are several tips for preventing wind damage to your home.
Install Storm Shutters for Preventing Wind Damage to Your Home
Installing storm shutters over windows and doors is one of the best ways to protect your home from wind damage. These shutters will cover windows to keep debris out and prevent shattering glass that could result in injury and costly repairs. Make sure the shutters you choose are rated for hurricane-force winds so they can withstand harsh weather, and be sure they fit snugly against your windows and doors when closed.
Secure the Roofing System
If you have shingles on your roof, check them periodically to ensure they are securely attached and not deteriorating due to age or weather exposure. Have a contractor inspect the roof if you notice any areas that need repair. If you have tile or metal roofing, make sure all fasteners are securely tightened and no tiles or sheets are loose or missing. A secure roofing system is essential to protect a home from wind damage.
Be Proactive When a Storm is Forecast
When a storm is in the forecast, it’s essential to have a plan for protecting your home. Wind damage can occur during storms and can cause damage to your property or a nearby house. Taking steps when a storm is on the way will help reduce damage from severe winds. Here are a few tips to prepare for bad weather
- Inspect your property for lawn equipment, children’s toys, or gardening tools that strong winds could toss.
- Reinforce outdoor items such as patio furniture or grills by securing them with tie-downs, so they don’t get blown away in the high winds. Alternatively, bring these items inside and store them in the basement during the storm.
Preventing Wind Damage to Your Home: Trim Trees Nearby
High winds combined with weakened tree branches can cause serious property damage – and even personal injury. Inspect and prune your trees regularly if you live in an area prone to storms. Remove dead or dying branches so strong winds won’t tear them off. Trim trees that grow near your home, especially if their branches touch the roof or siding. Windy conditions can cause tree limbs to crash into your house, causing costly damage.
Assess your house’s vulnerability to help prevent damage during wind storms. With these measures in place, you’ll be able to relax knowing your home is protected against inclement weather.
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