High winds can be damaging in many ways, so in the event you experience damage you know what to look for and how to best protect yourself.
The roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your house. The connection between the roof and walls must be strong enough to resist the effect of strong winds. By having a building professionally inspected to make sure the roof sheathing is properly installed you may be able to prevent wind damage from occurring to your home or business. Ameri Pro Restoration, LLC can come out and provide a free assessment to uncover any areas that may be of concern.
Windows should be protected to reduce the risk of damage or injury caused by flying debris and pressure changes. There are two different options that you can use when determining how to protect your home from debris and wind damage including: permanent storm shutters or temporary plywood covers. In the event of an emergency, permanent storm shutters will quickly and easily close to protect the windows. On the other hand temporary plywood covers are more economical, less convenient and attractive. For your safety, don’t forget to cover any glass sliding doors, French doors, and skylights.
Another safety feature to check is your entry door. Is it secured with at least three hinges and a deadbolt security lock? If you have solid wood or hollow metal doors then these doors are more likely to resist wind pressure and flying debris.
Be aware of your surroundings and trim the trees around your house that could create a threat by falling or hitting your home. In the event that you are planning to plant new trees in your yard, try to choose varieties that can withstand high winds. Make sure you put away any yard furniture, barbecue grills, tools, toys, and anything else that could become a flying object. Another safety feature to check is your entry door. Is it secured with at least three hinges and a deadbolt security lock? If you have solid wood or hollow metal doors then these doors are more likely to resist wind pressure and flying debris.
Garage doors (especially two-car) are also vulnerable to damage from high winds. If installing a new garage door, be sure to get one that is designed to withstand high winds. For an existing door, there are fitted bracing kits available to provide additional support.