Weathering the Storm: Is Your Home Prepared For Severe Weather?


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(May 21, 2020) — Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, you can never be too prepared for when bad weather hits. Depending on the region in which you live, certain types of storms might be more prevalent. Nonetheless, the key factor in preparing for a severe storm is to first understand your risk so you can begin to prepare appropriately.

There are actually lots of things you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your home for severe weather. You can buy flashlights, weather radios, and generators, but what about how to prepare your actual home?

Because severe weather has wreaked havoc on so many homes in the past and present, potential home buyers look at how well a home is weatherproofed in their home-buying selection process.

Some people will purposely buy a fixer-upper home and make renovations with weatherproofing in mind. Why? Because the home is typically cheap but can be transformed into a home that’s desirable and raise its resale value, in case they ever want to sell it in the future. And you can best believe that a newly renovated home that is built to face severe weather is a hot housing market commodity.

But you don’t have to be looking for a house to weatherproof your home… There are many different things you can do to weatherproof your home; some are easy fixes while some require professional contractors for proper installation.

Depending on the region in which your home is currently located, here are a few ways to weatherproof your home that you can never go wrong with regardless of the time of year.

Helpful Tips For Weatherproofing Your Home

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Get Your Roof Inspected and Repaired/Replaced

Your roof is your biggest protection from the outdoor elements… one hole or crack will have the great outdoors right inside your home! That reason alone is why it’s so important to have your roof inspected.

Sure, you may be able to step outside and observe your roof from the ground but it takes a professional roofing contractor to ensure your roof is safe, especially in preparation for severe weather.

Wind, rain, and hail are the biggest threats to your roof… hail, especially. If you live in an area where hail is a prevalent storm, you need to find a roof hail damage repair contractor to get your roof ready before the severe weather comes. By weatherproofing your roof for hail, it will be able to withstand other severe storms like wind and rain.

Have Storm Windows Installed

Storm windows are leaps and bounds above standard house windows. With storm windows, you’re giving your home an added level of protection against not only cold weather but storms as well. Strong winds associated with tornadoes can have damaging effects on a home with standard windows. Storm windows can be the difference between potentially stepping on broken glass and simply pulling the blinds down as added protection.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

By keeping leaves and other debris out of your home’s gutters, you’re helping rainwater flow away from your home and potentially damaging your home’s roof, foundation, and exterior. If leaves and debris trap water in your gutter, it can create a pool of water with potential to freeze and leave cracks in your home’s foundation.

Make Sure Your Walls are Sturdy

Wall repairs may not be on your radar of weatherproofing your house but according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most earthquake injuries are due to collapsing walls. You can hire a contractor to inspect your home’s walls to ensure there are no soft spots or water damage that could lead to further damage later on.

Prepare Your Trees

Having beautiful trees in your yard adds to the overall landscape and curb appeal of your home’s exteriors. And although these majestic beauties make your home elegant and inviting, they can cause serious damage to your home in the time of a storm.

To prepare your home for the potential damage of trees, make sure your trees are trimmed to prevent weak branches from breaking off and damaging your home. If you have unhealthy trees in your yard that are close to your home, you may even want to consider tree removal services to prevent them from falling on your house, causing potentially irreversible damage.

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