Hurricanes are inevitable. Hurricane damage is not. Whenever specialists inspect hurricane-damaged structures, they discover that four areas often produce problems, the roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Weakness or failure in one or more of these locations can result in severe damage. This article considers some modern products that can be added to increase the security of these areas, and make your structure more damage resistant during a hurricane.
Garage door braces protect the most lag and often the weakest opening in the home. Hurricane garage door braces are attached to the wall above the garage door, into the garage floor and to each hinge in the garage door. Brackets attach to hinges to keep the door from being blown in or sucked out. These braces are made of lightweight aluminum and can be installed by either the homeowner or a professional. Once the initial installation has been completed, each brace can be put in place in less than three minutes.
The purpose of hurricane panels is to secure doors and windows. They’re usually mounted as hurricane approaches and detached afterward. Steel is heaviest and can be hard to handle. Aluminum is lighter but typically more expensive. Transparent multi-layer Polycarbonate panels are see-through and easier to handle.
Protecting windows and doors is the purpose of hurricane shutters. They are created from either steel or aluminum and are mounted on walls adjoining windows and doors on bolts or tracks. These panels may be permanently attached, or they might be removable. They are attached, or closed, as a hurricane approaches and detached, or opened, later on. There are various styles and designs to select from. The primary advantage of these products is their strength, but there is a trade-off. They are some of the heavier and more expensive alternatives.
The intent of Hurricane foam is to safeguard your roof. It is not standard foam insulation. It is a specially-formulated polyurethane foam sealant. Hurricane foam is installed in the attic to the bottom side of the roof. When the product is applied professionally, it will eliminate any gaps between the sheathing connections and multiply the uplift protection of the roof by a factor of 5. If the protective roof covering gives up, water problems will be significantly diminished.
Protective Hurricane cloth is intended to safeguard doors and windows. A broad range of hurricane fabrics exist. These products are very lightweight yet and incredibly strong. A variety of different coatings are also available. Some kinds of material are covered with a special resin to be resistant to ultraviolet light, some are coated with PVC. These hurricane textiles help prevent damage from high winds, water, and flying debris. Certain varieties have been rated to counteract high velocity winds of over Category 5 and have a burst strength of more than 1,200 lbs. These fabrics have advantages in being very lightweight and relatively painless to mount. Nearly all fold up into a small size to make storage simple.
Protective window films are installed on the inside of windows. They allow a window to break, but the security film holds everything together until afterward when the window glass can be changed out. One important benefit of protective window films is the price. These films are fairly reasonably priced in contrast to various panels and shutters. Set up is a one-time event. No other action is required when a storm approaches. Protective films are transparent. Their protection is invisible.
You can also place sand bags around your home to help protect it from water getting in or too near your house. The sand bags will stop water that can come rushing towards your home from a creek or stream nearby. However, this will only work if the flood water is not too high. If it is too high, the sand bag will not work because the water can go over it. Sandbags are not a fool proof solution, but hey often help to reduce damage to a home when flood water threatens.
Make sure you cover the basement windows if you have them because water can get in there and do damage from the foundation up. When water gets in the basement, it is hard to get out. It will have to be pumped out, and the can take hours to do. Anytime excess water outside the home makes its way inside can cause your basement to flood. Making sure your basement windows are secure against water from any storm is a must.
If you must use wood to board up your windows and doors, make sure it is done properly. Use the wood screw to put up the wood sheets because screws will hold onto the window or door frame better than nails and have less chance of being ripped off. They are the best thing to use, do not use regular nails. They will not hold as well, and they can easily come out if pulled on to much.
Hurricane security pays. Be sure that the security products you’re evaluating have been analyzed and rated to provide the amount of safety you require. Many insurance companies provide rate reductions to those who use security products that meet the standards. These reductions carry on year after year and can, in fact, pay for the enhanced security of your property.