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Hurricane Proof your Home

Posted on October 30, 2023

Hurricane season is here and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Here are some tips on how to hurricane-proof your home and protect your family and belongings from the devastating effects of a storm.

Check your roof. 

Make sure there are no loose or damaged shingles that could fly off and cause damage or injury. If possible, install hurricane straps or clips to secure your roof to the walls of your house. You can also opt for impact-resistant roofing materials and ensure that roofing tiles are properly secured.  

Trim your trees. 

Cut off any branches that are too close to your house or power lines. They could snap and fall on your roof, windows, or vehicles during a hurricane. Clearing the area around your home not only reduces the risk of damage during a hurricane but also contributes to the overall aesthetics and safety of your property.  

Install storm shutters. 

These are metal or plywood panels that cover your windows and doors and prevent them from breaking due to flying debris or strong winds. You can also use impact-resistant glass or film for extra protection. Reinforcing windows and doors not only enhances their structural integrity but also contributes to energy efficiency and noise reduction. It’s an investment that offers benefits beyond hurricane protection. 

Reinforce your garage door. 

Your garage door is one of the most vulnerable parts of your house during a hurricane. It can buckle under the pressure of the wind and allow water and debris to enter your home. You can strengthen your garage door by adding braces, bolts, or reinforcement kits.  

Secure outdoor items. 

Anything that is not anchored to the ground can become a projectile during a hurricane. This includes patio furniture, grills, trash cans, toys, and plants. Bring them inside or tie them down securely. 

 Have an emergency kit.

Prepare a kit with essential items such as water, food, flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, medications, cash, and important documents. Keep it in a safe and accessible place in case you need to evacuate or shelter in place. 

Your home and its structural integrity are only a priority if it keeps you and your family safe throughout the years and inclement weather. Protect your home and family by securing your foundation, roof, and creating a waterproof barrier between your home and moisture. For homes in the Eastern Carolina area consider Atlantic Foundation for your home foundation repairs and crawlspace encapsulation.






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