Whipping winds, hail storms, and torrential rain are the last thing homeowners want to worry about, yet they can wreak havoc on your property. While you may not always be able to prevent disaster, it’s essential to learn how to protect your home in a storm.
Our homes are a significant investment, so it’s vital to invest in preventative measures to keep them safe and sound during severe weather. High winds often associated with thunderstorms, hurricanes, and other severe rainstorms can wreak havoc on your home. They can also carry flying debris that can dent your roof.
While you can’t completely prevent these things from destroying your roof system, there are some cost-effective ways to minimize storm damage to keep you safe.
13 Great Ways to Protect Your Home During Storm Season
There are so many ways to help safeguard your home against upcoming harsh storms. Some of the ways that you can help protect your home from severe storms include:
1) (Fortify) Your Roof
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against severe weather. Take the time to fix any missing or damaged shingles. If your property is especially prone to heavy debris damage, you can also add impact-resistant shingles.
2) Clear Out Dead or Damaged Trees
Don’t underestimate the power of strong winds that can whip around your yard, breaking up rotten or loose tree limbs. Keep your trees properly trimmed and remove damaged trees as needed. It’s also a good idea to ensure that any full-grown tree is properly planted away from your home. A good rule of thumb is around 40 feet away.
3) Review Your Home’s Insurance Policy
While a regular homeowner’s policy will most likely include storm damage, make sure to verify what coverage you have. This will help you file a claim faster and more efficiently after a storm.
4) Regularly Document Your Home’s Items
Severe weather can damage more than your home’s exterior. Excess water can put pressure on foundations, break windows, and can even lead to water damage. That’s why it’s good practice to keep a list of your belongings, take photos of your interiors, or videotape your interior for reference.
5) Unplug Electrical Appliance During Power Outages
By unplugging your devices, you can help prevent power-surge damage once the storm is over and power is restored. Another great way to protect against this is by using surge protectors.
6) Invest in Storm Shutters
A great way to protect your windows and glass doors is by adding storm shutters for additional support. Storm shutters protect against flying debris. Property owners can also add stormproof high-impact glass or shatter-resistant film as well. It’s also a good idea to invest in steel doors, and install special storm shutters, metal storm panels, or steel entry doors.
7) Reinforce Doors
Double-entry doors and garage doors can fail under immense wind pressure. Therefore, a great way to support these types of doors is with reinforced structures. Considered adding a heavy-duty deadbolt, using longer hinge attachments, and adding slide bolts on the doors. By installing steel entry doors and these other reinforcements, you can help keep out flying debris from your interior.
8) Seal Windows
Properly-functioning windows help lock out the rain and other harsh elements. To prevent water damage, make sure to seal gaps and cracks in all your windows, make other repairs, or replace windows and frames. Caulking around your doors, windows, and any exterior pipes is a great way to keep your home in good shape.
9) Secure Outdoor Items
Loose shingles and tree limbs aren’t the only thing that could damage your home in a storm. That’s why it’s essential to secure lawn furniture, trash cans, and all additional loose items. The last thing you want is for heavy winds to turn your lawn furniture into dangerous projectiles that can puncture your home.
10) Inspect Fences, Porches, and Sheds
Any outdoor structure near your home should be inspected to see if they are firmly attached and structurally sound. Loose fence pieces and shed door doors can become hazardous during high winds, so look them over thoroughly.
11) Rethink Rock Landscaping
This may be controversial, but it’s a good idea to replace gravel and rock materials if you live in an area with high-speed winds or a hurricane season. These materials can easily be picked up during a severe wind event and rip through vinyl siding or pelt cars.
12) Anchor and Protect Fuel Tanks
For those of you that have exterior utilities or fuel tanks, anchor or tie them down. This preventative measure reduces the risk of sliding, flipping, or being picked up by winds.
13) Don’t Forget About the Gutters
Gutters are one of the best ways to help direct water away from your home’s foundation. Before severe weather season begins, it’s always a good idea to make sure you don’t have clogged gutters and downspouts. Double-check that they aren’t damaged and are properly secured.
Take Additional Severe Weather Precautions
Hurricane season can cause lingering problems beyond broken windows or water damage. If the power goes out, any debris covers the roads, or flooding closes shops and stores, you need to have a plan of action. Before a storm begins, make sure to take these additional precautions:
- Stash canned foods
- Get extra nonperishable food items
- Pile blankets and extra dry clothing
- have a battery-operated radio
- Store fresh water in airtight containers
- Create a “game plan” with your loved ones
By taking these additional steps, you can help feel more prepared for severe weather. Make sure to tailor any security measures to your home. Also, remember that it’s a good idea to connect with neighbors and see if they need help before, during, or after a severe storm.
Safeguard Your Home Today
Don’t get caught with a weakened home during storm season. Learn how to protect your home from severe weather. By applying these helpful tips, you can create protection plans for high winds, heavy rains, and everything in between.
Even after careful planning, severe storms can still ravage your home. Thankfully, you can turn to Scro’s Roofing Company for all your roofing needs. If hurricane season has left your roof in disrepair, Scro’s has you covered. Our roofing experts can assess any damage, offer careful consultations, and make timely repairs.
Reach out today for a free storm damage inspection!