Hurricane season is upon us. The question we all face this time of year is: Is our home prepared? If you find the answer is no, you must take the steps now to ensure your home is safe in the event a hurricane does hit your area.

Florida’s hurricane resistance standards are the highest in the nation and for good reason. Our state has been hit hard by hurricanes in the past with more to come in the future. Florida building code requires homes and buildings to be able to withstand wind forces.

What does that mean for homeowners? Here we break down how to create a hurricane-safe home in the Tampa Bay area:

Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors

Protect yourself and your home with impact-resistant doors and windows. These types of features offer wind/pressure protection and are shatterproof so that no matter what the hurricane brings, you can help lessens the impacts from wind damage.

If you aren’t in the market to replace your windows and doors, consider a shutter system that can offer similar protection.

Brace Your Garage

Similar to impact-resistant windows and doors, you’ll want some extra protection for your garage as well. Installing a garage door bracing system will help prevent the doors from caving in during high winds.

Strong Roofing

With the high winds and strong rains hurricane season can bring, you’ll want to make sure your roof can withstand the elements. Your roof should be secured with ring-shank nails, and it should be properly sealed to avoid water damage.

Floodproofing

Floodproofing your home is important; it ensures your home is sealed and watertight. Your home should be built with waterproof materials. Work with a contractor who will make sure that everything from the insulation, glues, compounds, and nails used in your home is water-resistant and will hold up to the pressure hurricanes can place on your home.

If you need assistance making your home hurricane safe, our team can help. We’ve been serving the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and know what it takes to keep your home protected. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home estimate: 813.436.0177.

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