The aftermath of a serious storm can be devastating and costly for a homeowner, whether it’s caused by lightning, strong winds or even a hurricane. Damage to a home can happen in an instant. Knowing the power of Mother Nature, and more importantly, how to prepare your home to stand up to her fury, can save you time and money before the weather takes a turn for the worst.
The good news is that there are many ways to protect your home against damage.
- Install UL-listed surge protectors on electrical panels to avoid power spikes often caused by lightning. Consider purchasing a home lightning system. This system can redirect lightning to the ground so that it steers clear of your home.
- Have a professional that handles storm damage repairs come out and inspect areas most prone to storm damage, such as the roof, basement, windows, shutters, etc.
Hurricanes present a different set of challenges. Few homes will be unaffected by a direct hit from a hurricane, but there are precautions you can take to lessen damage as a storm approaches.
- Install hurricane shutters or plywood over glass doors and windows.
- Make sure your doors are as secure as possible. Each door should have at least three hinges and a deadbolt security lock with a bolt that’s at least one inch long.
- If you have a patio, consider having impact-resistant doors installed, which can withstand serious pressure and sustained winds.
- Tie down or bring indoors any objects that might be blown around by hurricane winds. Secure all items that cannot be brought inside.
- If floods are a common threat to your home, install a sump pump to protect your basement.
The key is safety, so make sure you have a qualified professional that can assess your needs and help with the preparations. Roofing & More specializes in Northern Virginia roof repair and window repair in Alexandria, VA, so you can count on our team to evaluate weak areas and make plans for improvement. With a little research and advanced planning, you can be safe and give yourself peace of mind. Call us today at (703) 467-0206.