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If you're like most homeowners who've recently relocated to an area where hurricane activity is relatively common, you've probably already taken several steps to ensure the safety of your family in the event of a hurricane. For instance, you've undoubtedly familiarized yourself with local evacuation routes, assembled an emergency kit, and developed a strategy with other household members concerning where to meet during the aftermath of the storm in case you become separated or are in different locations when the storm hits.
However, you may not yet have had the opportunity to give much thought to how to minimize the risk of damage to your home itself. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take that will help your home withstand the high winds and torrential rains associated with hurricane activity.
Keep Your Gutters Clean and Extend Your Downspouts
Clogged clutters and those with cracks and holes can quickly become backlogged with water to the extent that your window wells become flooded, possibly resulting in malfunctions in your window seals and water flooding into your home.
You should also keep your downspouts extended so that you reduce the risk of your basement becoming filled with water as the result of heavy precipitation.
Protect Your Windows
Windows and doors are particularly vulnerable because they are entry points. Having high impact doors and windows installed in your home will provide you with optimal protection against the high winds of hurricanes as well as those of lesser tropical storms. Some homeowners also elect to provide yet an extra layer of protection by keeping storm shutters or pieces of thick plywood within easy access so they can quickly board up their windows in anticipation of strong storm activity.
Experts do not advise taping windows as a precaution against hurricanes. Although the practice may provide some protection against shattering, it may result in larger pieces of glass being blown into the home, and these are far more lethal than their smaller counterparts.
Consider Your Landscaping Materials
You probably already know that it's important to keep on top of the health of your trees by ensuring that weak branches are removed on a regular basis so that they don't become projectiles during periods of high winds. However, many of those who are new to life in the hurricane zone sometimes overlook more minor issues that can be equally dangerous. For instance, pebbles or gravel used for mulching purposes may become airborne during a storm and cause substantial damage to siding and even break standard windows.
Please don't hesitate to contact your local impact door retailer for more information on staying safe during a hurricane.