The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, so we’d like to share our essential custom home hurricane preparedness tips. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season as the busiest in a decade. A combination of warm sea surface temperatures, the lack of a Pacific El Nino and other factors could result in the development of more named hurricanes than usual.
It’s important to make sure your home and loved ones will be safe and protected should a storm take aim at the Gulf Coast. Here then are 5 tips for your home’s hurricane preparedness.
KEEP YOUR GUTTERS CLEAR
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.
WALK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY
If you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact. Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans (away from stairs and exits) to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone.
PROPER SEALING OF WINDOWS AND DOORS
Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off. In the event of hurricane winds, a small opening in your doors or windows could enlarge and allow enough wind inside to compromise your home’s roof.
TRIM YOUR TREES
Tree limbs can potentially damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is a good way to protect your windows and roof.
KEEP A GENERATOR ON HAND
A hurricane could potentially knock out power to your home. Having a generator could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.
CHECK FOR LOOSE FENCE POSTS
Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep. Checking your fence’s footing is as easy as giving each post a strong shake to check for loose ones.
KG II Development is a leading custom home builder in Crestview, Florida. When it comes to building a hurricane resistant home, our professional team of home contractors understand what it takes to build these types of homes. We’re always on top of the latest building codes. If you’re looking for local home building professionals, look no further. Contact us online or call at (850) 682-8635 with any questions!
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