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How to Protect Your Home From High Winds

Last updated on June 16, 2017 at 09:33 am

High winds can cause substantial damage to your home during any season. It’s important to take action before a storm hits so that you can avoid damage to your roof, doors and windows. Even if you don’t live in an area where hurricanes and tornadoes are likely, you could see high winds from strong spring or summer storms or even blizzards. Remember, protecting the outside of your home also helps protect the people inside of it. Here are five steps to help protect your home from high winds.

  1. Cover Windows and Doors. If you live close to the shore, you already know wind can be a serious threat to your home. Consider installing steel or aluminum storm shutters on your doors and windows.
  2. Inspect Shingles. If you haven’t replaced your roof or had it inspected in a while, it might be a good idea to hire a professional roofing company to proactively check it out.
  3. Upgrade your Doors and Garage Door. Upgrade your door’s hinge screws to heavy-duty bolts to make them less likely to blow off in high winds. Do you know if your garage door can stand up to high winds? A weakly constructed garage can be damaged by high winds. Have your garage door inspected and consider replacing it with one that is rated to withstand high winds.
  4. Maintain Trees in Your Yard. Check the trees surrounding your home. If you notice there are tree branches hanging near windows or over your roof, have them removed. Here’s an intro to tree maintenance.
  5. Move or Secure Outdoor Furniture and Equipment. If there is movable furniture outside your home such as lawn chairs, tables or other patio furniture, be sure to move it into a safe place. If you aren’t able to move outdoor items inside, secure them so that they cannot be picked up by strong winds. Any movable items can potentially be hazardous to your home and family if the wind is strong enough.

Plymouth Rock Assurance always advocates for being prepared in the event of severe weather. As with any storm, listen to your local news station for updates on conditions in your area. Stay indoors when heavy winds are gusting, away from doors and windows.

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