12 Ways to Hurricane Proof Your House This Hurricane Season
Originally Published by Avana Windows & Doors
Hurricane season began on June 1st and will continue to run until November 30th. Some hurricane seasons have spared us more than others, but regardless of what is hoped for- it is essential to be prepared for the worst. Whether you live right by the water on the coast or in southern suburbia, it’s essential to know how to prepare for a hurricane season in Texas.
In this post, we have accumulated 12 life-saving ways to ensure that you and your home are prepared and protected this hurricane season.
Check your Homeowners Insurance Coverage
It’s important to take the time each year to ensure that your insurance policy covers the full cost of rebuilding your home should you lose it in a storm. A standard homeowners insurance policy should cover wind-related damage, but you want to make sure you know just what your insurance protects you from and what it doesn’t. Texan Insurance will evaluate your current policy for you.
2.Have Your Windows Inspected
If your windows and doors are faulty, they can let in water and create an additional issue. Even if you have coastal windows or storm windows as some call them, it’s still important to be sure that they are operating efficiently. By scheduling a window inspection, you can assess what may need to be fixed immediately before the hurricane. Later down the line, you’ll see this inspection also contributes to making your windows as energy efficient as possible.
3. Consider Hurricane Impact Windows
It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, you can never 100% guarantee that your home will not suffer any kind of damage from a hurricane.
Your windows are one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. They can be shattered by flying debris, thereby allowing outside elements to cause damage that could have possibly been avoided with impact-resistant windows.
Hurricane impact-resistant windows are built to withstand the most severe weather conditions and eliminate the need to board up when a hurricane approaches your neighborhood. Also, with impact-resistant windows, there is no need for bulky storm panels.
Outside of hurricane season, they’re high-performers year-round. Hurricane impact windows reduce your energy usage, minimize outside noise, and protect the inside of your home from harmful UV rays. Even though these windows are sometimes referred to as “coastal windows” or “storm windows”, you truly get your money’s worth out of these windows all year.
4. Consider Flood Insurance