If you live in a hurricane-prone area, it’s crucial to take the right steps to make your home less vulnerable to the destructive forces of one of these storm systems. Your garage door, for example, is an element of your home that becomes a serious Achilles’ heel in the midst of a hurricane. It’s far more susceptible to wind damage than other areas of your property are.
If your home is located in an area prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, you already know how important it is to be prepared. Keeping tabs on news coverage and warnings issued by the government during periods of storm system formation is a critical part of emergency planning. But there’s so much more to hurricane preparedness than simply staying informed.
Is your home ready for the onslaught of inclement weather the storm season brings each year? Your doors and windows are particularly vulnerable to the forces of wind, debris, and precipitation. Adequate window and door protection in the form of storm windows or hurricane shutters is vital for keeping your family and your home safe.
Hurricane Safety Tips: How to Protect Yourself from a Hurricane
February 26, 2019
With a short amount of time to prepare before a hurricane hits, we've created a guide to help you create an action plan to protect yourself and your loved ones from a hurricane, before it reaches your home. Below, you’ll find useful tips for every stage of the storm’s movement, so that you’re able to protect yourself both before and during a major hurricane.
A lot of homeowners, especially on the coastline, have asked how to protect your windows during a hurricane. Hurricane season officially begins each year on June 1st and concludes on November 30th. But as the Atlantic Coast has now experienced four straight years with serious storms developing before June, we’re starting to think of hurricane season longer than we ever have before. And with a longer hurricane season, comes more hurricanes... and consequentially, hurricane damage.
The number of intense hurricanes hitting North America has increased steadily since the 1970s. While homeowners in coastal communities may not have to deal with more hurricanes, they will have to deal with stronger storms in the future.
Investing in impact windows has advantages for homeowners seeking safety and soundproofing. In areas subject to tornadoes and hurricanes—violent storms that can generate dangerous flying debris—impact-resistant windows may be a legal necessity.
When it’s a legal requirement permits are required. Window permit requirements vary by where you live depending on vulnerability to hurricanes, tornadoes or other storms (in Florida, check with a local window contractor like Florida Home Improvement Associates for permitting details).
Hurricane Season Can Wreak Havoc on Unprepared Families
September 27, 2017
Each year between mid-August and mid-October, hot air mixes with sun-warmed ocean waters as moisture increases in the atmosphere. This eight-week period marks the peak of Atlantic hurricane season, where thermodynamics synch to create the most dangerous disturbances. In fact, 87 percent of category 1 and 2 hurricanes and 96 percent of major hurricanes occur during this time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Often-Overlooked Improvements That Can Hurricane-Proof Your Home
May 24, 2017
It's never too soon to prepare your home for hurricane season. Although the strongest (Category 5) hurricanes are not a yearly occurrence, the winds from weaker hurricanes or tropical storms can still cause sizeable damage.
Protecting Your Home: When Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc
February 23, 2017
Every region of the country has a unique set of weather-related dangers. Therefore, no one is entirely immune to the need to protect their home and property from the strongest forces of Mother Nature. It is possible to learn from past disasters and take steps to protect your home from future storms, but such lessons can be incredibly costly. It only takes one storm surge or one 150-mph wind gust to demolish a home.