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Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home Against Hurricanes

Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home Against Hurricanes

If you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions to keep your family and home safe. Hurricanes are known to be very destructive depending on their severity, so there are some specific steps you should take to decrease your home’s risk of damage. Consider these steps you can take to protect your home against hurricanes.

Roof Inspection

The first step you can take to protect your home against hurricanes is to get a roof inspection. Regarding storms and hurricanes, your roof is one of the most vulnerable targets for potential damage. Therefore, you’ll want to get a professional roof inspection to ensure your roof is in good condition. If you have any loose shingles or cracks in the roof, you should have a roofer come to repair them. Even a single loose shingle can pose a threat during a storm, as it can potentially allow in water that will cause further structural damage to your roof and home. You may also consider getting hurricane straps for your roof; hurricane straps are steel supports that secure your roof to the frame of the house, thus creating a safer situation for you and your family.

Impact Doors & Windows

Installing impact doors and windows is the second tip for hurricane home protection. A hurricane’s wind speeds can range anywhere from 74 to 157 miles per hour or higher; these strong winds can cause an immense amount of damage to homes and architectural structures. Investing in impact doors and windows can help keep your home safe from these winds and any flying debris they may bring, as they’re one of the upgrades that make your home hurricane resilient. And not only will impact doors and windows keep your home safe during storms, but they are also one of the profitable home improvements to make before you sell. If you ever decide to sell your home, it will already be equipped with impact doors and windows, which is a great selling point for potential buyers.

Strategic Landscaping

Strategic landscaping is another safety measure to take if you live in an area prone to hurricanes. Tall trees and plants may be beautiful, but they can be a risk during tropical storms and hurricanes. If the winds of a hurricane are strong enough, they can cause trees to bend, break, and even fall on your home. If you want to avoid a tree coming through your roof during a storm, you should take the necessary landscaping precautions to ensure the safety of your home. For example, keep trees a safe distance from the house and ensure they stay under a certain height. You will also want to make sure your trees are in good health—if your trees and plants are unhealthy, they are more likely to bend and break in a storm.

Now that you have a few safety tips to protect your home from hurricanes, you can use these strategies to prepare your home for hurricane season. The more precautions you take to keep your family and house safe, the more peace of mind you will have.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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