Severe storms and natural disasters are an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, your home may not be able to withstand the intense winds of a hurricane or tornado. Crestmark Roofing and Construction, specializing in roof repair in Kennesaw and the Metro Atlanta area, suggests ways to stormproof your home.
Examine your property and make a list of items that need to be brought indoors before a storm. Patio furniture, flower pots, trellises, swing sets, and trampolines can all become dangerous flying objects during a high-wind storm. Choose a place, like a garage or storage building, to store these items. Removing debris from your yard before a storm can also protect you from potential lawsuits.
Falling tree branches are a major cause of home damage during a storm. Trim branches near your home to prevent roof damage and broken windows. Cut down dead trees and remove unhealthy or dead branches. Trees with a “V” branch structure are more likely to break during a storm than trees with a “U” branch structure.
Your roof is the most likely place on your home to sustain damage from a storm. Look for loose or missing shingles, loose or exposed nails, and damaged gutters. Also, clean gutters and attic fans of leaves and debris.
Glass windows do not resist wind breakage in a severe storm. Consider installing double pane storm windows. Also, installing storm shutters is the most effective way of protecting your windows from flying debris. If you don’t have storm windows or storm shutters, it is in your best interest to board your windows prior to a storm to avoid shattered glass and other damage.
Before a storm, walk the perimeter of your home. Check for cracks in the foundation, loose trim, or missing siding. Fill cracks to prevent flooding, and secure and loose or missing siding and trim. Hire a contractor to make any extensive repairs.