Severe storms can make your property vulnerable to damage from winds as well as to damage from flooding. Storm damage restoration services can help considerably in returning your home or business premises to their pristine state following this kind of incident. When a structure on your property is in range of potentially destructive gusts of wind, here are some things to keep an eye on:
• Windows: In most instances, windows are wind’s primary points of entry into a structure. Shattered glass can cause injuries, and uplifts can strain the structural integrity of your roof. If you live in a community that’s prone to hurricanes or other episodes of high wind, protect your windows with sturdy aluminum or steel storm shutters.
• Doors: Doors may seem like impermeable barricades, but a gale-force wind can easily blow a door off its hinges. Double-entry doors and garage doors may be particularly vulnerable. Double-entry doors often incorporate large amounts of glass, which can shatter when winds are higher than 80 miles per hour. Garage doors typically have large surface areas, which “capture” the wind much the same way that the sail on a boat does.
The windborne debris requirements in your local building codes can give you valuable information about types of gusts you can expect during major storms in your area. If you’re at risk, remove any large trees that grow close enough to your house to impair its structural integrity should they happen to topple. Either avoid double-entry glass doors, or look into installing storm shutters. Consider hiring a garage door technician to reinforce your garage door.
•. Roofs: Research initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified roofs as the most vulnerable part of a structure during a wind storm. Roofs comprised of asphalt shingles are at risk for losing shingles, and if so much as a single window or door has been compromised, gusts of wind can enter your structure, which may have the potential literally to blow off the roof. That’s why it’s vitally important to safeguard your windows and doors.