In a number of shocking studies, it was revealed that anywhere from 60 to 75 percent of Americans are completely unprepared for a natural disaster and more than two-thirds of people are mostly concerned with the potential property damages from these occurrences. Despite these concerns, very few Americans take proactive measures to ensure that their home will be safe come hurricane season. Preparation for a hurricane goes beyond just acquiring the basics such as food, water, and first-aid kits. To be truly prepared for a hurricane means also taking precautionary measures to keep your home and belongings safe. Here are some measures you can be putting in place now to prepare your home:
Ensure That Your Windows Will Be Able to Withstand A Hurricane
Replacing your current windows with new hurricane-proof windows is one of the best ways to ensure that you are always ready for hurricane season. Your windows are one of the weakest points of your house and therefore one of the most vulnerable. With a broken window in the midst of a hurricane, enough pressure could build up inside your home to cause your entire roof to blow off. There is no better protection on the market today for your windows than hurricane impact windows. Not only are these windows built to withstand incredible winds up to 190mph, but they are also built to withstand direct impact from flying debris. You don’t have to wait for hurricane season to come around in order to start preparing. With new impact windows, you can be ready year-round.
Have A Plan On How You Will Secure Your Doors
Another crucial part of your home that you need to protect in preparation for hurricane season is your exterior doors. Though they are slightly less likely to fail under wind pressure than non-impact windows, they are still susceptible. Not only does the door itself need to be sturdy to withstand impact, the hinges and locking mechanisms need to be strong as well. If one part of the door fails, your door as a whole is that much more likely to fail.
Unlike with windows, you do not have nearly as many options when it comes to protecting your doors from hurricanes. You can either take the time and effort every year to board up all of your doors with plywood just prior to evacuation, or you can be proactive and invest in hurricane-proof doors now and completely avoid the laborious task of boarding everything and later storing the plywood year after year.
Are You Prepared?
Hurricane season doesn’t wait and neither should you. Start taking precautionary measures today to prepare yourself for the upcoming hurricane season. If you are interested in replacing your windows and doors with hurricane-proof ones so that your home is always prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way, now would be the time to do it. Give us a call today or fill out one of our quick and easy forms to schedule a completely free, no-obligation in-home consultation and estimate.