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Limiting Storm Damage Around Your Home
Dated: September 24 2020
Have a weak garage door? A severe storm can tear the door off its hinges and blow wind into your home with enough pressure to pop the roof.
When you think about protecting your home from wind damage, make sure to focus on the weak points: windows, doors, garage doors, siding and roofing. Also, don’t forget about trees that can crash onto your home or outdoor furniture that can turn into projectiles.
Take these steps to limit the amount of storm damage to your home:
Reinforce the garage door
High winds can blow off a garage door and damage what’s inside, potentially causing structural damage to the entire home. Consider hiring a garage door company to inspect your door to determine its ability to withstand strong winds. It’s better to make a garage door repair now before a storm arrives.
Cover windows and doors
Consider installing steel or aluminum storm shutters on your windows, French doors and sliding glass doors. You can close the shutters quickly to prevent flying objects from breaking glass.
When wind blows shingles from your roof, it makes your home vulnerable to rain, creating the need for emergency roof repair. Avoid that by making sure your roofer secures shingles properly.
At least six nails or staples should hold each shingle down; roofers should install the nails or staples beneath the edges of the overlapping shingles. Also, install a waterproof underlayment beneath the shingles for protection against rain in case the wind blows the shingles off your roof.
After high winds or hail, ask these questions to determine if you need to call a roofing contractor.
Fasten metal siding and metal roofing
Damaging winds can tear away entire panels, making it easier for wind to enter the home. Contractors should secure metal roofing and siding to the frame of the home with exposed fasteners, such as screws and bolts, or with concealed clips.
Generally, space fasteners close together at the edges of the panels. Cover all siding edges, such as those along the corner of the home, with a metal cap or molding so wind can’t work its way beneath the siding.
Remove trees too close to the home
Make sure trees sit far enough away from your home to prevent damage if they fall. Generally, a tree should sit farther away from the home than the height of the tree when fully grown. The cost to remove a tree will depend on its size.
Anchor potential projectiles
Anchor storage sheds and outbuildings with a permanent foundation or straps and ground anchors. Secure smaller objects, such as grills and outdoor furniture, by bolting them to decks or patios. Use ground anchors with cables and chains. You can also move smaller objects inside if you have adequate warning before a storm.
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