Batten Down the Hatches! Hurricane Season is Upon Us
Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and a question you should ask yourself is if your house ready for it. The past few years there have been quite a few powerful hurricanes that have hit the United States. These hurricanes have left many homes completely unlivable or severely damaged. Before a hurricane hits you should prepare your house so it is able to with stand all of the weather conditions that accompany hurricanes. Some major items to check are the roof, windows and siding.
One of the first things to look at is your roof. Check to ensure that the roof is sturdy. If the roof needs to be repaired or replaced it should be done prior to hurricane season because your roof protects your house from getting damaged. An unprotected roof is one of the main reasons houses get damaged during severe weather conditions. There are many different types of roofing to choose from. Depending on where you live, will determine what type of roof to invest in.
Windows should be replaced every fifteen to twenty years. They may need to be replaced sooner if there are leaks or cracks from where they were sealed. It is better to know something is wrong with your windows before they are subjected to high winds and downpours. Consult a window replacement company when deciding to replace them and they will ensure that the windows are installed properly and inform you of any warranties with the windows. They can also show you how to check if anything is wrong with the windows.
Inspect the siding to see if it is able to withstand hurricane conditions. Siding protects the structure of your house, so it is important that it can handle heavy winds and rain so nothing happens to your house. An easy way to check is to walk around the house and see if there is any siding that is loose or coming off the house. If it is then it should be replaced. Consult a professional to help decide if you should replace the siding and which siding is best for the area you live in. If you live closer to the ocean your house will need a different type of siding then someone who lives inland.
Call a window replacement company and siding professionals to help you make your home able to withstand a hurricane. Don’t make the decision of chancing your home on a hurricane.
Michele Filipkowski specializes in writing home improvement and repair blogs.