Wind and Storm Damage: Protecting Your Home

Storms and high winds can be responsible for all kinds of wind and storm damage to your home, including damage from flying debris, falling trees and loose roof shingles. Storm damage can be severe or minor and can occur at just about any time of the year. Help protect your home with this homeowner’s checklist.

Wind Storm Damage

Winds can change direction and intensity, which puts a lot of pressure on your home, and you can prevent wind storm damage by making sure that your home is well sealed. High winds can also carry debris which can damage the outside of your home and the interior if they penetrate your home.

Starting At The Top

Wind storm damage is especially a problem when it comes to your home’s roof, which is generally one of the most vulnerable parts of the house. Strong winds often have an uplift effect and the connection between the walls and roof must be strong enough to withstand these uplifts. Specially designed metal connectors can be used on your house, although you should use the type applicable to the material your walls are made from, as well as the type of roof you have. Ideally, you should have your home inspected by a qualified home inspector.

Your roof sheathing should be installed properly, and you can help protect against wind storm damage by re-nailing the sheathing if necessary. The nails should pentrate the trusses or rafters, something that you can check on from your attic. This can result in major roof problems all the way down to just those nagging roof leak repair problems.

Use Siding To Protect Against Wind Storm Damage

Good quality vinyl or upvc siding can make a big difference in the level of damage caused by strong winds, and today’s siding is generally stronger and more rigid thanks to advances in technology. You can get details of the products available and the prices from one of the siding companies.

Preventing Storm Damage To Windows And Doors

You can either use permanent exterior shutters or temporary plywood covers to help protect your upvc windows and doors from wind storm damage. One of the advantages of these permanent exterior shutters is that they can easily and quickly be closed in the event of strong winds. Although they are not as attractive or as convenient, the temporary shutters will cost less. In addition to your windows, any glass sliding doors, skylights and French doors should be covered too.

A hollow metal door, one made from solid wood, or a upvc door is more likely to be able to withstand flying debris and damage from strong winds. In addition, for protection, make sure your entrance door as well as your upvc back door has a deadbolt security lock and is attached with at least three hinges.

Protecting Your Yard

If you are expecting or experiencing strong winds, remove anything that can become an airborne danger, such as outdoor toys, tools, furniture and the grill. Consider trees and bushes that can better withstand strong winds if you are thinking of planting trees, and trim existing trees so they cannot be blown over.

Garage Doors

Make sure your garage doors are designed to withstand strong winds, and additional support can be had by using a fitted bracing kit.

Make Sure You Are Protected

Extreme wind storms can damage your home and can be a danger to your family, making wind-proofing essential.

In the event of any storm damage, you want to have adequate insurance coverage; check on your homeowners insurance policy to make sure it is adequate.

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