Severe weather is an unfortunate reality of living in Florida. From daily thunderstorms in the summer to seasonal hurricanes and even tornadoes, the Sunshine State can get scary when the dark clouds roll in.
As a homeowner, there are many things you can and should do to protect your home during times of inclement weather. Use these tips to ensure the safety of your family and property, no matter what’s happening outside:
Weatherproof Against the Elements
One of the best ways to prevent storm damage also helps reduce your energy bills. Proper insulation keeps unwanted cold, heat, and humidity out, while also protecting your home.
During a storm, inadequate windows can easily shatter — causing widespread damage and threatening the safety or your family. There are many options to improve your windows, from double-pane to low-emissivity to Argon gas fill, and more. Storm windows are also available. Contact your licensed Sarasota window treatment experts for more information on which option is best for your property.
Keep in mind that all windows and doors must be adequately secured with storm shutters or plywood, to ensure maximum safety of your property.
Prevent against flooding by making sure your rain gutters are in good condition (no dents or gashes) and clear of debris. Also inspect your roof from the ground, paying special attention to missing or damaged shingles.
Bring all patio furniture and loose yard items inside. It’s also a good idea to remove rock and gravel landscaping. Loose rocks can become projectiles during periods of high wind.
Stock Up and Stay Tuned
Ideally, you should make every effort to know about severe weather as soon as possible. This means you should monitor local Sarasota news and weather reports, so you won’t be caught off guard.
If a storm is headed your way, create a hurricane kit with enough food, water, and supplies to for every family member, for at least a week. Designate one room in your home as a ‘safe’ room. This should be a ‘structure within a structure’ such as a bathroom without windows. Make sure everyone in the family knows what they need to do and where they need to go in the case of power outage or necessary evacuation.
Keep important documents and valuables in water-tight containers, and store them away from windows, doors. Do not leave valuables on the floor where they could be subject to flood water.
Simple Precautions Go a Long Way
If you’re unsure about your home’s integrity and if it can weather a storm, it’s best to contact a knowledgeable professional who can provide accurate and detailed information. This will help keep your family safe and safeguard your property against damage and destruction.
For years, we’ve been a trusted name in Sarasota, focused on creating and installing secure structures capable of withstanding Florida storms. Contact us today to learn about simple and affordable solutions available to get your home ready for severe weather.