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5 Basic Guidelines to Help Homeowners Prevent Wind Damage

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By : Ben Draggin    99 or more times read
Your property may be damaged by dangerous storms at any time of the year. The destruction caused may vary from slight to very critical. Much of the destruction is caused by high wind. As a consequence, your home and family may be placed at risk. The following simple steps, along with some follow through can help greatly diminish harm to your house and property.

Roofs are an extremely susceptible part of any house. It is vital to check the connection between the roof and the walls. That bond must be sturdy enough to resist the uplifting effect inflicted by high winds. From within the attic check to make sure the nails penetrate the rafters or trusses. If your area is known for hurricanes or twisters, you might want to add hurricane straps if they are not already installed. Building codes in some areas now require them. These galvanized metal straps make sure that the roof and the walls have a strong connection. Also inspect the roof sheathing and re-nail as required.

Windows must be secured to reduce the danger brought on flying debris and changes in air pressure. Consider protecting glass with either permanent storm shutters or panels of plywood. In case of a storm, permanent shutters are handy because they can be quickly and effortlessly shut to secure the glass. Plywood are less expensive but less convenient as well. Don't forget to secure any French doors, glass sliding doors, and skylights. Check to ensure your outside doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt lock. Changes in wind pressure and airborne debris are best resisted by solid wood doors or metal doors.

Most of the tree damage caused by high velocity wind is avoidable. Undamaged trees cannot cause damage to your home. Pick out varieties of trees resistant to high winds. Often indigenous trees are good choices. Plant your trees properly, that is a little above the soil line. Plant them a ways away from the house. That way they cannot damage the house even if they fall. Good pruning techniques can seriously diminish possible wind damage. Hire a professional arborist for best results. Circling roots, decay, wounds, structural issues and compact soil can lead to increased wind damage.

Garage doors (particularly two-car) are also susceptible to being damaged by high velocity winds. When wind finds a way into a garage the consequences outcome can be serious and costly damage to the rest of the building. If you are in the process of constructing or remodeling a home, check into garage doors built to resist high winds. Existing garage doors can be reinforced with extra braces and by strengthening the glider wheel tracks. Kits are often available to add extra strength.

Common objects such as outdoor chairs, barbecue grills, garbage cans and toys can become lethal in the high winds produced by powerful storms, twisters or hurricanes. store everything that could become airborne in high winds. Outdoor furnishings and barbecue grills can be protected by bolting them to a deck or patio or by securing them to ground anchors with cables or chains. Outbuildings such as storage sheds should be fastened to a permanent foundation. If there is no permanent foundation, straps and ground anchors like those in the manufactured home industry ought to be used.

high winds generated by twisters, hurricanes, and thunderstorms can create all kinds of damage. Once high winds arrive, there often is little that can be done to avoid damage. You can take preventative steps nevertheless to shelter your family and home against high wind damage. Professionals may be needed for several of the steps listed above, but skilled do-it-yourselfers can carry out the rest. Be sure to check local building codes prior to making structural changes to your home.
Florida Engineering Solutions has the knowledge and experience to design commercial buildings that minimize the risk of high velocity wind damage. They can also evaluate high wind damage, prepare engineered drawings and help get it repaired quickly.

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