Long-time South Carolina residents know what makes this state special, and they know all about our local climate and what makes it so unique. Still, if you’re new to Charleston and the Lowcountry, you might need a primer in the weather and why it’s so important to prepare. Storm warnings are a fact of life here, and it’s not just good sense to be prepared for the worst when it comes to storms and hurricanes, your local building codes require it.

But it’s not just about one kind of weather; it’s also about making sure you can live comfortably and enjoy the sunshine during the heat of the summer and the chill of the winter. So, if you’re thinking of moving here and starting work on a new home, here are a few tips to help you build the perfect structure that can withstand the weather and offer comfort and style all year-round.

Talk To The Local Experts

We would hope that this one would go without saying, but when you’re building a new home in any new area, you’re going to need to get some expert advice from artisans and suppliers who know the area and have worked there for a long time. Your house will have its own quirks and requirements depending on where you’re planning on putting it up, and while we’re certainly not trying to suggest that you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to DIY, there will be plenty of local factors that you may not have considered. When it comes to home doors, windows and sunrooms, Muhler has been supplying the Lowcountry since 1991 and can offer plenty of local experts to help you get off to a good start.

Know The Local Rules, Regulations And Government Advice

This very much ties into the point made above, but it’s vitally important to read up on all the local requirements when it comes to homebuilding. Make sure you talk to your local contractors and suppliers if you’re at all unsure about any regulations. Building codes aside, it’s just as crucial to make sure that you have read all the safety advice when it comes to storms in your area. These aren’t just suggestions; they are put in place to help you look after yourself, your family and your property in a worst-case scenario. So: know your evacuation routes and your evacuation zone.

Think About Your Exteriors

So much home build planning goes into thinking about the interior. What kind of kitchen set-up are you going to have? Is this finally the opportunity to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted? Do you have enough bedrooms in the event of your family getting a little bigger than it is right now? But with all those questions running through your head, it’s so important to take a step back and think about the exterior of your new home. After all, this isn’t just the part of your home that you’re presenting to the rest of the world, that everyone will see as they drive past. This is what is going to greet you when you come home from work at the end of each day. It’s welcome for your family members when they come to visit. It needs to represent you, and it needs to speak to you.

Muhler has a vast range of different windows to offer you, including some of the biggest brands and vinyl windows to help protect your home against storms (more on that later!). They also do custom window work with LePage Millwork to help you make your perfect fit, and when it comes to doors, they offer beautiful custom wood exterior doors from Jeld-Wen to give your home that perfect final finishing touch.

Invest In The Right Storm Protection

There may not be very much you can do when it comes to stopping the weather, but you can certainly plan for it. If you want to make sure your new home has the best chance of standing up to hurricanes, tornadoes and storms, then you’re going to want to invest in the best storm protection possible.

With their decades of experience, the team at Muhler is ready to get you the right window and doors for this climate. You can choose from a range of storm protection options, including accordion hurricane shutters, windows with impact glass that will stand up to incoming debris, fabric shields, storm panels, and storm stud attachment systems. They have also devised a fantastic system of their own called Storm Trim™, which allows you to put up your panels quickly and easily so you can get to safety in good time. This can be put on any doors and windows in your home and can be masked with cover strips for aesthetic purposes outside of storm season.

Enjoy Year-Round Sunshine With A Sun Room

Outside of the storms, there are two big things that you need to know about the climate in South Carolina. One, the winters are lovely and mild. Two, the summers get very hot indeed. To help you avoid a bit of a climate shock when you move, and to help you make the most of the beautiful weather in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, why not consider adding a sunroom or glass porch enclosure to your home plan?

It can be the place where you bring friends and family over to celebrate a special occasion, a recreation area for your little ones, or the perfect hideaway when you need to take some time for yourself and relax. When the weather is working against you, it’sessential to know that you have space where you can make the most of the sunshine no matter the temperature, and it has the added benefit of keeping those pesky bugs and pollen out while you soak up those rays. Muhler can help you plan and build your perfect sunroom or porch enclosure using vinyl windows to ensure that they are as energy efficient as possible, and they’ll make sure that it is a seamless addition to the plans you have in mind for your home.