How to Protect Your Home from a Storm

How to Protect Your Home from a Storm

(Storm Smart) - The National Weather Service recently reported on the best way to protect your home and belongings from a storm. Here are a few tips that they recommend.

Windows- install impact resistant shutters or some type of impact resistant products. Not only do they protect doors and windows from wind-borne objects, but they can reduce damage caused by sudden pressure changes when a window or door is broken. Also, consider impact resistant windows.

Manufactured Shutters- if your residence has permanent shutters, evaluate their effectiveness. Try leaning on them to see if they give, if they do- you may want to consider an upgrade so your shutters don't blow off of the house and into your windows.

Doors- If your doors are solid wood or hollow metal they probably can resist wind pressures and hurricane debris. Probably being the operative word. However, if you are still unsure, make sure your doors have three hinges and a deadbolt security lock which has a minimum of one inch bolt throw length. If not, Storm Smart does provide impact resistant products for large door and garage spaces.

Garage Doors- Because of the width, double-wide garage doors are the most susceptible to wind damage than single doors. Unless you have a hurricane tested, resistant door, the wind may force it out of the roller track- especially if the track is light weight or some of the anchor bolts are not in place. Make sure you reinforce your garage door at it's weakest place and install hurricane and high wind protection doors.

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