Top 6 Ways To Protect Your Home From Hurricanes

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Hurricanes are devastating storms that cause billions in property damage each year. Hurricane season is fast approaching, beginning in June. If you live in the southeast region of the US, you know that the warm, lazy days of summer can also bring deadly storms. Here are six ways to protect your home from hurricanes:

1. Install storm doors.

Replace your front and back doors with storm doors. These storm doors should not have windows or glass parts, since these can go flying in high wind conditions. Look for storm doors that have the FEMA seal. This seal certifies that the door can withstand 250 mph winds under testing.

2. Replace old windows with storm windows.

Make sure all windows are removed and replaced with storm windows. Storm windows can withstand much higher winds than standard windows. The 400 series by Andersen Windows is a great choice for anyone who is looking for protection as well as style. The 400 series windows resist corrosion from salt, and are rated to withstand a large missile impact during testing. These windows combined with storm shutters will make your home safe from flying glass and debris. For more help with windows, contact a company like Fary W. T. Bros Lumber Co.

3. Install truss bracing for your roof.

If you have a gabled roof, the roof will most likely not be able to withstand the high winds of a hurricane. This is because the only thing protecting the roof's trusses are pieces of plywood. The trusses need to be reinforced with truss bracing. A roofing contractor can install braces.

4. Install hurricane straps.

Regardless of the type of roof you have, you need hurricane straps. Hurricane straps literally hold your roof to your walls to prevent it from flying off. While the straps won't prevent shingles or other pieces of your roof from being torn away, it will keep the majority of the roof in place.

5. Buy a water pump.

Get a water pump for your home. It can be installed in the basement or on the lowest floor of your home. Many people understand the risk from high winds, but they forget about flooding. Water pumps prevent water from building up in your home. Make sure the pump is battery powered, so if the power goes out you can still prevent flood damage.

6. Reinforce your garage door.

Garage doors can cause significant damage in high wind conditions, and it's something that many homeowners forget. Your garage door should have a sticker on it showing its pressure rating. If it doesn't have one, then it's not rated for hurricanes and will need to be reinforced. Adding an additional layer of plywood or steel can give your door enough weight to survive a hurricane. You can also replace the garage door with an impact and wind resistant door.

These six steps can make you, your family, and your home safe this hurricane season.

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