South Florida weather is unpredictable. Hurricane-force winds, tropical storms, or even a nasty rainstorm can cause severe structural damage to your home. It’s best practice to prepare before disaster strikes. Homeowners can prevent wind damage by following these easy steps to storm-proof your home.
Cover Windows and Doors
If you know that a hurricane or tropical storm is approaching your area, cover your windows and glass doors with storm-proof shutters. Hurricane-force winds can cause branches, loose shingles, and other debris to hit your home’s exterior, leaving you with a hefty repair bill after the storm passes.
Impact shutters are built to withstand Florida’s extreme weather conditions and will protect your windows from shattering.
For homeowners on a budget, aluminum or wood plank shutters offer some protection from the elements. Your best bet? Invest in hurricane windows and shutters from a reliable manufacturer. For best results, have your shutters installed by a professional.
Secure Roof Shingles
Next, make sure that your roof is up to date and well-maintained. Due to high winds, your roof’s shingles can fly off, leaving your roof exposed to wind and water damage.
Ensure that your shingles are nailed or stapled down to a waterproof underlayment. The underlayment protects against water entering your house. If your roof is not up to date, secure a tarp over the exposed area to protect it from water damage.
Anchor down any loose ornaments that are in your yard. Items like grills and outdoor furniture can be secured to the ground or storm-proof. Small plants and other items can be brought inside the house.
As an added tip, remove any trees that could potentially threaten your home in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm. Wind can easily blow trees or large branches down which can lead to costly damage down the line.
South Florida Wind Damage Cleanup and Restoration
With hurricane season approaching, it is crucial that homeowners protect their homes in the event of catastrophic storm damage. As your local property restoration experts, we’ll do all that we can to ensure the unique needs and concerns are met.
Safeguard Your Home Before It’s Too Late
From tarping your roof and protecting your windows to water removal and structural drying, Insurance Repair Specialists are here to help. We’re proud to offer 24/7 emergency repair and restoration services for all wind damages due to severe weather conditions across Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.
The best way to protect your home? Prepare in advance before disaster strikes. To learn more about our wind damage restoration services, contact Insurance Repair Specialists today at (954) 725-2895 to get started.