The Eye Of The Storm: How To Hurricane Proof Your Home

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Hurricanes are one of the most devastating natural disasters that occur in America. Every year, there are news stories that revolve around the unfortunate events of a hurricane. Think about Hurricane Katrina—it flooded and tore through an estimated 300,000 homes in just a few hours. Although there is no way to completely hurricane-proof your home, there are some steps you can take to help protect it from the damaging winds and rain.

Securing Windows

Your windows are perhaps the most vulnerable part of your home during a strong storm. Debris and strong winds can easily shatter them. Luckily, you can strengthen your windows by:

  • Installing storm shutters. Storm shutters typically sit on the sides of a window. However, during a storm they can easily be moved to cover the window. Although small, they do help protect the window from harsh winds and flying debris.
  • Installing storm windows. Another option to strengthen windows is to completely replace them with storm windows. These windows are designed to be impact-resistant, which makes them much stronger. They can be installed internally or externally, depending on your preference. They also come in a variety of styles, sizes, and shapes.

No matter what option you choose, ensure that it fits properly. Otherwise, you will have a much larger problem on your hands when storm season rolls around.

Strengthen Doors

Another vulnerable part of your home is the doors. Like windows, debris and strong winds can easily tear them apart. Fortunately, you can strengthen them by:

  • Reinforcing double doors. If you have double doors in your home, strengthen them by reinforcing them. You can have this done when you first purchase the door or you can do it later with a reinforcing kit.
  • Applying "hurricane film." If you have large, sliding glass doors, consider applying hurricane film. The thin, clear, plastic film is great for preventing wind damage. However, it will not prevent large debris from making its way indoors.
  • Installing plywood. Another option for glass doors is plywood. Nailing large planks of plywood to the exterior of the door can prevent wind damage. It's also stronger than "hurricane film," so it protects from flying debris better.
  • Strengthen garage doors. The garage door is one of the most vulnerable doors in the home. Secure it by reinforcing the door at its weakest points: brace supports, hinges, and windows. You can use a reinforcing kit designed for hurricanes or with the help of a professional.

Although adding extra support can help protect your home from damaging hurricanes, it is not foolproof. So if you live in a hurricane-prone area, be sure to regularly inspect your home for possible leaks and damages before hurricane season hits. 

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