Millions of homeowners have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners on the east coast that did not take steps to protect their home are faced with iffy insurance claims and an uncertain future. As yet another storm works its way towards the east coast, it is time to hurricane proof your home if you have not already done so.
You will need:
Step 1: Before a hurricane arrives, nail sheets of plywood to windows to prevent the winds from blowing them out. For permanent protection against hurricane-force winds, consider installing impact resistant windows or storm shutters.
Step 2: To hold exterior doors in place during high winds, install heavy-duty bolts at the top and bottom of each one.
Step 3: The largest opening in most homes is the garage door. Winds from a hurricane can blow in this door or even pull it off. Use a brace to strengthen the door before a hurricane arrives. Check the pressure rating of the door to ensure it will withstand such an intense storm. If replacement is required, purchase an impact resistant garage door.
Step 4: Walk the grounds and trim or remove trees that are weak or showing signs of decay. Professional tree trimmers can shape trees to resist damage from high winds of strong storms.
Step 5: When doing a pre-storm outdoor assessment, gather the outdoor furniture, toys, planters, barbecue grill, and trash cans and bring them inside. These items can take flight during high winds, causing injury or damage.
Step 6: High winds can get under a roof and literally rip it off the home. Galvanized metal hurricane straps can be installed to fasten the roof to the walls of the home. Flooring adhesive can also be used for additional roofing protection. Use a glue gun to apply it to underside of the roof in the areas where the roof joins the beams.
Step 7: If you have a gable roof, it will require additional support during heavy winds. Form an X with two 2×4 boards and attach this to one end of the attic. Do the same at the other end to reinforce the gable.