It’s the Start of Hurricane Season, Part 1: How to Reinforce Your Home

As we move into hurricane season, many people want to make sure they are as prepared as possible for whatever comes their way. While virtually no home can withstand a direct hit from a powerful hurricane, a reinforced home can stand up to most anything else. The following are some practical things that you can get done right away to ensure your home is as strong and secure as possible for this (and all future) hurricane seasons.

Inspect, Repair, and Reinforce Your Roof

The roof of your home is often seen as the first line of defense against a storm. The rain and high winds will really beat down on your roof, and if there is any weak point, the entire thing can be torn off. Even if just a small hole develops, large amounts of rain can flood in causing massive damage. Hire a roofing company to do a full inspection of the roof to ensure everything is properly fastened down, and there aren’t any potential weak points. Have them also make sure that the roof is secured to the walls as is required in many parts of Florida. If your roof is ready for the storms, your home will be ready for whatever comes its way.

Anchor Porches & Carports

If you have a porch or carport on your home, you have likely noticed that it has a lot of surface area that can catch the wind. When a strong hurricane hits, the wind gusts can lift these items up off the ground and blow them into your home, causing huge amounts of damage. Anchoring your porch or carport to the ground is a relatively easy task that most people can do themselves. It is also quite affordable, and provides a lot of protection.

Reinforce Your Garage Door

The garage door is a large flat surface that is surprisingly thin for what it has to endure. Installing vertical and/or horizontal reinforcement braces on your garage door will give it significantly more strength so that it can stand up to even the highest hurricane winds. In addition to protecting your garage, this will help keep your vehicles and anything else stored within safe through the storm.

A Place for All Your Things

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do to improve the safety of your home during a hurricane is to start planning what you will do with all the things in your yard as a hurricane approaches. While hurricanes can be devastating, they don’t sneak up on you, so you have at least a day or two to do some last minute safety projects to protect your home. Going through your yard and putting every loose object into the garage or your house is critical. A lawn chair that is left out will likely get blown around, and could become a powerful projectile that causes massive damage to your home, or the home of a neighbor. Putting it away in the days prior to the hurricane will help minimize that risk.

All of these things can be done quickly, and without breaking your budget. When done prior to a storm, they can save your home from disaster. Of course, there are many other things that you can do to help reinforce your home for the upcoming hurricane season. Take a few minutes to walk around and identify any potential weak points so you can get them fixed before the storms approach.

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