How to Ensure Your Home is Hurricane-Proof

If you’re a South Florida resident that lives along the Atlantic or Gulf coast, you probably pay close attention to the weather from the 1st of June through the end of November.  Every year, hurricanes and the flooding they cause leave a trail of damage and devastation amounting to roughly $34 billion.  The highest at-risk areas include the Atlantic coast beaches, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico coastline.  Without mentioning the other states in the top 10 for hurricane activity, can you guess which one ranks #1?  That’s right.  It’s your home state of Florida.

Proactive Measures for Protecting Your Property

As a Florida homeowner, you probably know that an ounce of prevention can go a long way to safer living in these hurricane-prone areas.  We have seen devastation and strong hurricanes hit the state nearly every year. That’s why when it comes down to hurricane-proofing your home, here are 4 preventative measures to focus on:

  • Make sure your roof has been properly maintained – a Category 4 or 5 hurricane has enough wind force to blow the roof off your home.  Metal is the most hurricane-resistant roofing material whether they’re made from aluminum, copper, steel, tin, or zinc.  Despite being the more expensive preventative measure, they are designed to last up to 50 years or longer.
  • Protect and secure your home’s HVAC system – hurricanes can cause thousands of dollars in damages to the air conditioning and heating systems of your home.  Be sure to remove any brush or foliage from around your compressor.  Consider securing the base of the unit by using hurricane straps or some type of protective cage.
  • Reinforce your points of entry – garage doors are the largest and primary entry point to a home.  So they are extremely vulnerable to hurricane-force winds.  As far as other entry doors that lead directly outdoors, you should upgrade to impact-resistant doors.
  • Talk to V&V Windows about installing impact windows and doors – your windows are one of the most vulnerable components of your home where storm damage is concerned.  Consider installing impact-resistant windows with heavy-duty frames that resist breaking and debris flying at 150 mph.  In addition to protecting your home, our products prevent water intrusion and may earn you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance premiums.

After the damage and devastation left behind by Hurricane Andrew nearly 30 years ago, many of Florida’s coastal cities implemented building codes that required new home construction to include impact windows.  So, if you own an older home, you should talk to V&V Windows about upgrading to our impact-resistant products.  Call us today at 305.888.4151. We are here to help you get the best for your home or commercial spaces. Call now.