Experts say the best way to protect your home from costly hurricane damage is to protect the areas in which wind can enter. A great time to hurricane your proof your home is when you are making other improvements or adding an addition.
According to recent wind technology research, it's important to strengthen the exterior of your house so wind and debris won't tear large openings in the structure.
You can prevent thousands in storm damage by taking in consideration the following tips for critical areas of your home:
Does your home have a gabled roof? If so, the end wall of your home takes a tremendous beating during a hurricane. If not properly braced, it can collapse, causing a large amount of damage. Gable end walls are easy to strengthen and should be a high priority on your retrofitting list.
Typically, gable end trusses are directly attached to the top of gable end walls. The bottom of the truss must be securely nailed to the top of the wall and braced to adjacent trusses. This prevents wind from pushing or pulling the gable end at its critical point, where the gable truss is connected along the gable wall.
Shingles are usually not designed to resist hurricane-force winds. For increased wind resistance, have a qualified person inspect several single tabs to see if the adhesive is engaged with the roof. If not, use a quick-setting asphalt cement to bond them together.
To cement the shingle tabs to the underlying shingles, place two spots of quick-setting asphalt cement about the size of a quarter under each tab with a putty knife or caulking gun. Press the tab into the adhesive. Be sure to cement all the tabs throughout the roof, being careful not to bend them farther than necessary when applying the adhesive. Replace any damaged shingles immediately.
- Install head and foot bolts on he inactive door of double-entry doors.
- Make sure your doors have at least three hinges and a dead bolt security lock, which has a minimum one-inch bolt throw length.
- Since double entry doors fail when their surface bolts break at the header trim or threshold, check the connections at both places. Be sure the surface bolt extends into the door header and through the threshold into the subfloor.
- Check with your local government building to see if there are code requirements for garage doors in your area.
- Check with your local building supplier or garage door retailer to see if a retrofit kit is available for your garage door.