For many Floridians, an incoming hurricane is seen as just another day. Though we are used to hearing the weatherman talk of hurricanes and watching the track change over and over again, this weather is deadly and should always be taken seriously. For Florida homeowners, this means preparing your home for high-speed winds, heavy rains, and raging debris. To ensure your home is ready, you can take action to protect yourself and your family.
Hurricane shutters or properly sized plywood.
While professionally installed hurricane shutters are ideal to protect your home from the winds of hurricanes, this is not always an option. If you cannot get hurricane shutters, head out to your local hardware store for plywood. When properly cut to fit each window of your home, this can provide some protection during lower category storms.
Secure your Roof
Storm season is the perfect time to make sure your roof is ready for the elements. Hurricanes bring high speed winds that can rip shingles and tiles right off if not properly secured. If your home has an older roof, call your inspection company to schedule a roof inspection in order to make sure it can withstand the unpredictable Florida weather.
The winds that can come with hurricanes can cause severe damage to your home. Hiring your local inspector to do a wind inspection means that can you be sure your home is as safe as can be during a storm. This inspection will make sure your homes construction can stand up to extreme winds. A wind inspection can also bring discounts to home owners insurance, so consider this a financial investment and an investment in your safety.
Preparing your home for hurricanes usually means stocking up on bottled water and batteries, but what we often don’t think about is what your home needs. Now that you know how to prepare your home for a hurricane, you can rest assured you are ready for unpredictable weather with proper inspections and home preparations.