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Protecting Your Home from Wind Damage

A tree falls in front of a home after strong winds strikeEvery year, hurricanes and tornadoes batter the United States, inflicting damages amounting to millions of dollars in losses. In some cases, human and animal life is threatened by adverse atmospheric conditions. Public safety officials and experts agree that the best way to deal with these natural disasters is to find adequate shelter that can withstand the force of the winds that they bring. For that reason, local governments encourage homeowners under their jurisdiction to abide by local building standards.

With climate change, however, natural disasters have been hitting with greater force than most of us are used to. In some cases, the standards we’ve followed all these years are no longer sufficient in dealing with today’s natural disasters. Having said that, it pays to make your home extra secure to withstand wild weather if and when it happens. Here are some aspects of it that you have to pay close attention to:

  • The Roof – The roof usually takes the brunt of the damage when high winds from storms hit a household. Whether your roof is made of tiles, metal panes or shingles, you have to make sure they’re installed properly by qualified construction personnel in accordance to local building regulations.

If you live in an area that’s hit by storms every year, it would be ideal to have annual inspections of your roofing system. This allows you to see parts of it that need repair so nothing gives out when a hurricane eventually strikes.

If you’re having a new house built or doing some roofing renovation, choose materials that are built to resist wind force such as high-performance shingles and tiles. They may cost more up front but they’ll save you more money in repair and restoration costs that you avoid in the long run.

  • The Walls – Make sure that your walls have no cracks and crevices where wind can enter and cause interior damage. As storm season approaches, get your walls inspected for small openings that may not be noticeable to the untrained eye. In most cases, a quick sealing and insulation process will be enough to guarantee that neither wind nor water gets in no matter how bad the weather outside gets.

Air sealing also prevents unnecessary temperature exchanges between your household and the outside environment. Air leaks make your HVAC system work harder than it should, inflicting wear and tear at a higher rate while jacking up your energy bills.

  • You’re Attic – The attic is one of the last visited parts of any household but it needs regular checks and maintenance if you want your property and your loved ones to be safe during a storm. Make sure that the roof above it is intact and secure. Check the windows and protect them from possible breakage from high winds. Make sure the walls don’t have cracks and gaps that might let air and water in.
  • Your Crawl Spaces -  Crawl spaces can also let wind from a storm into your house, bringing in cold drafts that will offset the heating from your HVAC system. Make sure crawl spaces are properly sealed and insulated so unwanted air stays out as the hurricane passes.
  • Your Doors – Really strong winds can dislodge your home’s doors, sending them flying and endangering people and property that happen to be in their way. To keep your doors secure during rough weather, make sure they’re held in place by three hinges and thick steel barrel locks that will not give when the going gets tough.
  • Your Windows – Light glass windows aren’t suited for areas that regularly experience adverse weather conditions. Go with windows that are highly weather resistant and lock them in place as a storm rages. If the storm coming your way is extraordinarily strong, it may be a good idea to board up your windows so they don’t end up flying into your home’s interior if they ever dislodge.

Preventing wind damage is all about preparation and making the right investments in your infrastructure. If you missed out on that the first time around, you can always have your home renovated or restored to make it stronger and more resistant to strong winds. Ask your local restoration service provider for advice today and learn what you can improve to make your home a safer one.