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Storm Proofing

How to

Storm-Proof your Home

From Inclement Weather

  • A bad storm can bring about so many repairs, from broken windows to downed powerlines and trees. All together, these things can quickly add up to be very costly. The best method of defense is to prepare for disaster before it occurs.
  • In the event of flooding, there are a few things you can do to help minimize damage. One of the easier methods is to apply a heavy sand-based soil to your lawn to help absorb any extra flood waters. While we’re on the topic of landscaping your home, it is also important to note that there should be space between the siding of your home and any mulch used around surrounding areas. This will provide a sort of outlet for excess waters in the same way that a moat would operate. A more expensive option would be to install foundational vents to provide an outlet for water that has entered your home.
Close-up on damaged asphalt shingles over the roof of a shed in the backyard
  • Loose shingles are a frequent issue in areas where high windstorms are common. Making sure that you have a roof with a solid foundation is key. This can be accomplished in one of two ways. The best practice is to use a double layer of shingles that are no more than six inches apart, as this will prevent holes from forming in your roofing.
  • Utilizing the roof sheathing method is also a good idea. Roof sheathing involves a system in which the nails used are spiraled, adding extra hold from the shingle to the roof and further preventing the possibility of leaks or damage. In climates that involve high windstorms, it would also be a good idea to have extra particle board to place over windows to prevent them from breaking directly before a storm hits.
  • In warmer climates, it’s common to have issues resulting from high-wind storms and possible flooding. To help weatherproof your home in these situations, it’s best to start by ensuring the solidity of your roof.

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