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How to Prevent Wind Damage

Hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms… Unfortunately, they’re all quite common here in the Bay Area.  Wind damage can turn catastrophic.  In some situations, there just isn’t anything you can do to stop the wrath of Mother Nature.  But, there are some precautions you can take to safeguard your home long before a storm hits.

Hurricanes can be devastating, but at least they come with some warning.  Unlike tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, you have at least a day or two to prepare for a hurricane.  If you have advance notice, there is a lot that you can do to protect your home from wind damage:

  • Bring in everything that you can.  Patio furniture, grills, potted plants, and yard toys can turn into missiles during a storm, so make room for them inside.  The fewer objects that are flying around outside, the better.  For things that are too big to bring inside – like a playground set or a storage shed – make sure they are securely anchored.
  • Reinforce your garage door by adding braces and strengthening the glider wheel tracks.  Strong winds can easily blow in a garage door.  And, once the wind gets inside your home, the damage can be devastating.

But what about storms that don’t come with any notice?  After all, a tornado or severe thunderstorm doesn’t give you any time to prepare.
There are still things that you can do year-round to safeguard your home from wind damage:

  • Always make sure that your trees are pruned properly.  That way, if an unexpected storm rolls through, you will not have to worry about loose branches flying around and causing damage.
  • Always make sure that your home is properly sealed with secure windows and doors.  During any type of strong storm, the wind changes direction – which puts a lot of stress on your home.  Make sure that all of your exterior doors have at least 3 hinges and a deadbolt.  That will help them withstand higher winds – and keep the storm from making its way inside.  If you are installing a new garage door, ask what kind of wind resistance it has.  Some newer models are designed to withstand high winds.

If you do fall victim to wind damage, the pros at Damage Restoration Services can help.  We are a certified general contractor in the state of Florida CGC 061708.  We can handle everything from basic repairs to rebuilding large commercial buildings.  And, in the aftermath of a storm we can come to your rescue – whether you need a tarp on your roof or a tree pulled off of your home.