In light of recent events, many homeowners have been prompted to re-evaluate their current hurricane preparedness plan. Even though we haven’t experienced a hurricane this season, it doesn’t mean that we can forget about proper hurricane prep, making sure that our home is ready to stand up against anything that comes our way. When we consider how to prepare for a hurricane, protecting our families comes to mind first, which means that a properly protected home is crucial. Whether you’re building a new home or you simply want to safeguard your current home against inclement weather, we can help. Here are some of our top tips for getting your home hurricane-ready.
Invest in Proper Hurricane Protection
Don’t wait until a hurricane is barreling toward us to start thinking about getting proper hurricane protection for your home. At this point, many manufacturers have a wait list and products will not arrive on time. The key to being ready for a hurricane is always being prepared. If you’re building a custom home from the ground up, you may want to consider impact-resistant windows or getting metal storm panels fitted to your windows. Many homeowners like the idea of impact glass, simply because there isn’t any installation time. Your protection is always there. Homeowners also like storm panels, since they’re not difficult to install, but it’s important to work with a qualified provider to ensure that they fit your windows perfectly. Other forms of hurricane protection for your home include:
All of these products are specially fitted to your windows to ensure a tight seal, protecting your home from wind, rain and flying debris during a hurricane.
Do a Little Spring Cleaning
It doesn’t have to be spring to clean out your gutters to ensure that they’re working properly. After all, if there is too much debris in your gutters, water will not flow off of the home like it should, which can cause problems during the heavy rain we tend to experience during a hurricane. You will also want to be sure that your windows and doors have an adequate seal around them. If not, moisture can sneak in during a heavy rainfall, so caulking around these areas is important.
Have a Hurricane Kit and Plan At the Ready
Your hurricane kit will need to include helpful items that will get you through a few days without power. Compiling a kit now will help you save time and worry later, and it can be easily stored so that it is readily available at storm time. You’ll need to include items like:
Plenty of water
It’s also important to know your evacuation route if you should need it. This is especially important if you’re moving into a new house that may be in a different area of town than you’re used to. Be sure to read up on proper evacuation procedures, so that you’re not lost if and when the time comes to leave.
Storm-Proofing Your Home
Here in Southwest Florida, we can’t be too careful during hurricane season. That’s why it’s imperative to protect your home and make it the safest it can be, so that you and your family can stay safe and protected. We may have lucked out this time, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Devastating storms can come crashing onto our shores at any moment, so storm-proof your home for the sake of your family’s safety and keep these tips in mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
The team at GH Builders is ready to build you a home that can withstand the Southwest Florida elements. Call (239) 451-6157 to learn more today!