Living in sunny South Florida is great! There are tons of beaches to go to and lots of fun outdoor activities to do. Living in other states puts people under the impression that summer is the best time in Florida to enjoy the weather and all of the fun outdoor activities. However, a true Floridian knows that summer is our rainiest season. During summer, Floridians live through intense storms, random rain showers, and a humid climate. All of this is easy to deal with, except for when these elements turn into a hurricane. While Floridians do not panic at the sight of an oncoming hurricane, we do still care about our homes and protect them. And protecting homes from these storms means protecting them from the wind speeds that come with a hurricane. Although, not all of us are experts when it comes to storm preparation. This is why our team here at Tri-County All Restorations has come up with 3 important tips to remember when protecting your home. Keep reading to learn more.
Use Hurricane Shutters or Hurricane Windows
The oldest trick in the book for protecting against hurricanes is using hurricane shutters or hurricane windows. Or both, but trust us, you only need one or the other. It’s critical to have this protection as the windows are the most vulnerable part of the home. During high wind speeds brought on by a hurricane, you can expect items and debris to be picked up and carried in the air. Anything picked up by the wind can go anywhere, including through your windows. With hurricane shutters or hurricane windows, you are adding a barrier between outdoor threats and your home. If a broken window doesn’t matter too much to you, think again. With broken windows comes water damage and potential flooding. And we all know that when water is in your home in the wrong area’s it can only lead to mold.
Take Care of Outdoor Items
Another way of preparing for high wind speeds is by taking care of outdoor objects. This is especially true if you live somewhere that has a backyard. Any outdoor item, from lawn chairs by the pool to your grill needs to be either tied down or put in a safe location. Many people choose to put these items in their garage for safekeeping. However, if you don’t have a garage or space, placing these items in your home is safer than resorting to leaving them outside. If you choose to tie them up, be sure to get something extra strong that can hold heavy items down against fast wind speeds.
Check Your Homes Perimeter
Many people skip this tip, even the most seasoned of Floridians sometimes do. But it’s a critical one. When you find out a storm is coming the best thing you can do is prepare with the above tips, then walk the perimeter of your home. We recommend doing this so you can evaluate any potential threats. Some of the more obvious threats are loose tree branches. These can easily fall with high wind speed and cause unnecessary damage to your home. One of the difficult to spot threats are loose roof shingles. A loose roof shingle may not seem like a big deal but it will be when it causes a leaky roof and water damage. Doing this walk around can spot these small, yet important, details that can save your home from increased damage. The last thing you want is to do all of the other tips but have damage due to something fixable or preventable.
Contact Us Today
If you live in Florida and have no clue on how to prepare for high wind speeds, or need a refresher, this guide is for you. Here at Tri-County All Restorations, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we are here to help you out with any damages you have incurred from wind, water, fire, mold, or storms. If you have an emergency, we are also available 24/7 to help you. To learn more about Tri-County All Restorations and our services, give us a call today at (954) 280-4715. Our team is looking forward to assisting you!