If you live in Florida, there is always the risk of hurricanes. That’s why it is so important to plan and prepare for them ahead of time. A hurricane is always concerning, but there are several things you can do to protect your home beforehand.
Trim Back Trees
Tree branches can become dangerous projectiles during a hurricane and slam into your home, causing damage. Keeping your trees trimmed ahead of time will reduce the risk of having loose branches when a storm occurs. If you have a dead or damaged tree on your property, have it removed before a storm hits.
Clear Your Lawn
It is very easy to forget about the outside of your home, when it comes to a hurricane. Patio furniture can turn into projectiles and blow around potentially breaking windows. It may seem like a mundane task, but it should not be overlooked. If you don’t want to bring everything outside in, then be sure its tightly secured to the ground. Don’t forget about the doghouse, tools, or even outdoor grills.
Prepare Your Roof
Wind and water can do terrible things if they get through your roof. Inspect your roof to make sure all shingles or tiles are secure. If your reroofing, consider spending more to seal the roof deck. This will help to seal water out completely. Hurricane straps can also help to secure the roof to the rest of the house, so consider investing in them before hurricane season.
Update your Home Insurance Policy
If you think getting hit by a hurricane is bad, try having your entire home destroyed by the storm and not having it covered by insurance. Most standard home insurance plans cover wind damage, but sometimes flood damage is left out. If you’re in an area prone to hurricanes, consider purchasing additional flood coverage. And be sure to add this to your policy more than 30 days ahead, as the policy takes that long to take effect. You should review your home insurance policy annually.
Install Hurricane Rated Windows
Increase the chances of your windows surviving a storm by replacing old windows with new hurricane rated windows. These impact resistant windows eliminate the need for hurricane shutters or plywood boarding. They are designed to withstand design pressure, wind born debris, and hurricane-force winds and rain. Hurricane rated windows are great at resisting breakage and protecting everything inside your home.
Your own safety is always more important than protecting your home. If the time comes to evacuate, you should evacuate. You should have things prepared around your home in advance so there’s a good chance when you return your house is still in good shape. Here at Fairbanks Construction, we offer hurricane rated windows that can help protect your home during a hurricane. Contact us at 352-732-8600 to find out more this hurricane season.