Winter is just around the corner, and we have already battled some severe storms here in Charleston this year. No one wants to have to deal with their roof being torn off or damaged during a storm, but unfortunately in the Lowcountry, this is common. To protect your home, you should always make sure that you have the right storm protection precautions in place. This includes everything from hurricane windows to shutters.
In this blog, we are going to give you some of our best tips and tricks to help you get your home ready for the storms that are coming our way.
Get Hurricane Shutters
Hurricanes can be both incredibly dangerous and scary, and so you will want to make sure that your home is ready to take them on. There are a few ways that you can do this, but one of the best is to invest in hurricane shutters. Shutters need to be able to withstand hurricane-force winds, and if they can’t, you might see them fly away in the middle of the storm. Some things that you’ll want to look out for include folding blade systems and high-quality materials. We recommend that you get your shutters installed as soon as possible. This way, you’ll be ready for the next big storm to come and you can protect your family.
Invest In Storm Panels
Do you have your storm panels in place for the bad weather? If you don’t, you could risk some damage being done to your home or your family when they are inside. Storm panels are not only practical, but they are also very affordable. The great thing about storm panels is that you can choose to deploy them from inside or outside of your house. This approach means that you don’t need to go out there during the storm. When picking out storm panels, you should make sure that they are hurricane rated; otherwise, they won’t be much use during the storm. Make sure to look into investing in storm panels if you don’t already have them in place.
Consider Hurricane Windows
During a hurricane, you will want to be able to rely on your windows to keep your family safe inside. However, if you have not invested in hurricane windows, you could find that the wind and rain break though and causes some additional damage to your home. However, if you invest in hurricane windows, you will be able to ensure you keep your home and possessions protected during a storm. Hurricane windows will be damage resistant, and the shard will stay in place. We highly recommend investing in these as they can save lives in Charleston.
Secure Your Roof
Another thing that you should put on your to-do list in the run-up to storm season is your roof. You must secure your roof before a storm hits. Otherwise, the storm could lift it right off. If your family is inside when this happens, you could get injured by falling trees or items and so you’ll want to make sure that it is secured. Before storm season begins, scrutinize your roof and replace the shingles if there are any broken or missing. You will also benefit from sealing the roof deck, so this is something to consider this year. If you are struggling with this, it might be worth hiring an expert who knows what they are doing.
Clear The Lawn
If you have a lot of items that typically sit on your lawn, you are going to want to make sure that you clear these. For example, deck chairs can be a significant problem in the middle of a storm as they can fly about and potentially cause damage to your home or passers-by. Some things to lock up include your lawn furniture, your grill and any garden decorations that you have. If your lock-up is not secured to the ground, you need to do something. It would help if you secure it or ask a professional for help before a storm hits.
Strengthen Garage Doors
When you are getting your home ready for storms, you should make sure that you are considering your garage door. In many cases, hurricanes can cause garage doors to blow in, and this can result in more serious damage occurring. If you have an attic above your garage, you could find that your house gets torn apart. To protect your garage and your home, you should look into strengthening your garage door but installing horizontal wooden beams and a vertical door brace. It can be easy to forget about your garage, so don’t let this happen.
Seal Any Holes
Finally, if you want to protect your home and ensure it is ready for any storms, you should seal any holes that are around the home. Holes can appear where wires or pipes are coming through the walls, and these can cause serious issues if there is a massive storm on the way. It would help if you tried to seal these holes as best as possible to prevent any water from getting through. This is relatively easy to do so make sure not to let it fall to the wayside this year.
Hurricane season can be incredibly hard to deal with, so you need to make sure that you are ready. If you don’t have the right precautions in place, you could risk your home being destroyed or your family being in danger. Think about what you already have in place and replace anything that you think isn’t up to scratch.
If you are looking for hurricane shutters, vinyl windows, or even hurricane rated storm panels, you should get in touch with Muhler. A member of our team will be happy to get you set up in time for the storms to get started. Don’t ignore this if you want to make sure that your family is safe and well in your home during the next big storm.