3 Hurricane-Vulnerable Areas On Your Home And How To Protect Them

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As the six-month hurricane season starts on June 1st, your home can be at risk of being damaged by a hurricane if you live in a hurricane area. Your home needs to be ready to withstand hurricane force winds that could tear your home apart. Here are three areas of your home that you may need to reinforce for your home to survive hurricane winds.

Roof 

In an average home, the roof is only attached onto the walls of your home with screws or nails. In a hurricane zone, your roof needs to be held on much more securely to withstand hurricane-force winds of 75 mph to over 150 mph

If your home were to lose its roof in a hurricane, then your home and everything inside it can become destroyed. Without a roof, your home's walls can be torn apart from the pressure exerted by the high speed hurricane winds. Your home's roof helps to keep your home stable in a hurricane, so you need to do all you can to keep your roof attached to your home. 

You may want to look inside your home's attic to see if there are any roof reinforcements installed. Depending on the style of your home's roof, the builders may have installed one of three types of reinforcements.

If your roof has been built with trusses, you will see 2x4s running the length of your roof. At each end of your roof these reinforcements will overlap the end trusses, holding them into place.  In a gabled roof you might see a reinforcement of 2x4s forming an "X" in the middle of your gabled attic.  Hurricane straps are galvanized metal straps that wrap around the top of each rafter and attach onto the 2x4s of your home's wall.

If you don't see any type of gable braces, truss reinforcements, or hurricane straps, you should check into having these installed in your roof. It might save your entire home during the next hurricane.

Garage Door

You don't want a hurricane's winds to penetrate through your home's garage doors. The interior of your garage is a large area where pressure from a hurricane's winds can break your home apart. 

Most garage doors are made from flexible and lightweight material that will break apart in hurricane winds. You can reinforce your garage door with a hurricane storm proof kit. 

A kit costs much less than buying a new hurricane proof garage door. A kit will reinforce your garage door with strong vertical poles that reach from the top of the garage door's header, down to floor mounts in your garage's concrete floor.

You can install a conversion kit in under an hour and it can protect your garage doors in hurricane winds of up to 180 mph

Windows

Your home's windows are another entry point for hurricane winds to destroy your home. As soon as one window in your home gets broken out, the pressure inside your home increases as the winds blow through your home. When this happens, a hurricane can tear your entire home apart. If you secure your home's windows properly, your home can survive through hurricane winds.

Impact resistant windows are made with a strong polymer layer set between two sheets of glass. If any flying debris hits your home's impact windows, the glass may shatter, but the window will hold together, keeping wind pressure from getting into your home. Impact windows can withstand the force of a 2x4 traveling up to 50 feet per second. 

If you don't have a budget yet for impact windows, you can install 3/4 inch-thick plywood over all your exterior windows and skylights. Make sure that each piece of plywood covers each window, overlapping an extra four inches around all the edges to provide the right protection. The plywood will act as storm shutters to prevent flying debris from crashing through your home's windows.

By taking steps to protect your home in these three areas, you can get your home ready for hurricane season.

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