How to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

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We’re in the midst of hurricane season and at any moment a new storm could start taking form along the coast. Rather than waiting for a new storm to take shape, all homeowners and business owners should do their homework now in order to know how to stay safe. Learning how to protect your home and business from a possible hurricane could save you a lot of money.

Cover Windows
Windows are strong, but not always strong enough to combat the harsh winds of a hurricane. You can either cover your windows with storm shutters, window covers, or marine plywood. This plywood should be at least five-eighths of an inch thick to offer solid protection. For larger windows like sliding glass doors or storefront windows, use thicker, reinforced plywood.

Anti-Flood
If your home or business has a basement or crawl space you should always invest in a sump pump. While this device won’t prevent water from getting into your basement or crawl space, it will surely prevent any major flooding from taking place. Your should also make sure that your gutter system works seamlessly. The rainfall from the roof should be properly draining out of the gutters and away from your property. Consider extending your downspout for added drainage if the rainfall is pooling near the house or building.

Hold Onto the Roof
High-speed winds are always a factor when a hurricane comes rolling through your neighborhood. In order to prevent extensive roof damage, install roof straps to your home. These straps or clips will keep the roof tightly fastened to the structure of the house. A few missing shingles is better than having a majority of your roof lift up off of the house.

Hurricane season can cost you a lot of money in repairs for any damage that is sustained, so it’s best to be prepared before one arrives. When you need your roof, siding, or gutters repaired, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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