How to Protect Your Home and Family During Hurricane Season

Many Miami homeowners are unaware of the fact that installing hurricane impact doors and windows can save them up to 40% on their homeowner’s insurance premiums.  This makes sense when you consider that the greatest amount of storm damage occurs because of faulty doors and windows.  Impact-resistant products have been specifically designed to withstand the force of hurricane-strength winds and flying debris, no matter where you live in the greater Miami-Dade County area.

Granted, the majority of Floridians know about hurricane preparedness and will stock up on emergency necessities well in advance of a storm’s arrival.  Here are several more helpful tips for protecting your family, your home, and everything else inside it:

  • Stay vigilant – keep updated regularly by listening to the National Weather Service and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Furthermore, be sure to listen for city and state evacuation alerts.
  • Prepare your home’s exterior – if you haven’t already installed impact doors and windows, the months preceding hurricane season (June through October), you should plan on doing so as soon as possible. If you have outdoor living space, move grills, patio furniture, potted plants, toys, trash cans, and other outdoor items to a more secure location such as indoors.
  • Keep an eye on doors and windows – this is especially true if they are equipped with traditional, non-impact resistant glass. If you have multiple locks on your doors, use all of them.  Windows should be securely locked and boarded up or have storm shutters on them.  Obviously, it’s best to have impact doors and windows and if you are confused about which ones to install, call our experts today.
  • Don’t forget about your garage – homeowners with garages should ensure that the doors on them are not susceptible to hurricane-force winds. Find out if your garage door has a pressure or wind rating.  If you have the time, you can always make it more secure by reinforcing it with a brace kit.
  • Secure your vehicles – be sure your gas tank is full, tire pressure is at the specified psi, windows are sealed, and new windshield wipers have been installed. Also, have an emergency go bag ready as well as insurance paperwork, maps, phone chargers, etc.  Additionally, if you park on the street, make sure it’s not under a tree.
  • Bring your pets inside – if you have to evacuate, make sure the hotel you’re headed to is pet-friendly. If not, find family or friends that can handle them.

For additional information about protecting your family and home with impact doors and windows, call V&V Windows at 305.888.4151 or e-mail us at info@vvwindows.com.