10 Ways to Weatherproof Your Home This Storm Season

10 Ways to Weatherproof Your Home This Storm Season

With the recent severe weather that has hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we wanted to share some tips and ways to help weatherproof your home for upcoming storms this season.

10 WAYS TO WEATHERPROOF YOUR HOME THIS STORM SEASON

TRIM THE TREES

During many storms, flying branches and fallen trees are common debris found around homes. Not only are they the most common but also most expensive when damage to homes and other properties can occur. In order to ensure the most cost effective ways when damage does appear we suggest you contact a local arborist to come your home and inspect the trees nearby that could cause future damage.

SECURE YOUR YARD

Homeowners can face serious water damage when severe weather happens. The setup on one’s yard can determine if water damage/flooding can steer away and or in your home. It’s always a great idea to consider the grading of your yard and factor in the cause and effect that may take place. Make sure to store objects and secure patio furniture that may move during high winds from the storm.

WINDOW READY

Consider looking into inspecting or replacing your current windows around your home. Advances in manufacturing allow companies like Joseph & Berry to share the best of their knowledge when it comes to home remodeling and interior customizations to better suite your home. Storm windows provide and an additional layer of protection. Companies in the business encourage homeowners to seek the best installation including the idea of installing storm shutters. Storm shutters can do a lot when severe weather touches down in the DFW, so why not protect your home from the common risk and eventually help you in the long run.

CLEAN OUT GUTTERS AND WATERPROOF YOUR HOUSE

With storms come torrential downpours and flooding. Before a storm, make sure to clean out all drains and gutters that could potentially be clogged with branches and leaves. Check your roofs, shingles and or tiles for any signs of cracks or damage. Also, examine all vents ensuring they are sealed and secured for those storms exhibiting wind-driven rain.

SEAL DRAFTY DOORS AND USE DOOR DRAFT STOPPERS

Checking your doors for drafts can help find potential leaks that you may not have to know about. The best way to find these hidden drafts is to light a candle and move it slowly along the door, if the flame flickers, there’s a draft. Fill in the drafty spots with caulk or expanding foam. Door drafters can play a big part in stormy weather as well. Along with keeping the heat outside the house during summertime, door drafters can also reduce the amount of dirt and pollen that can build up during and after a storm.

SIDING INSTALLATION

Insulating siding is an appealing idea that can add visual and exterior protection to your home walls. Siding installation will create protection between the elements of outdoors and inside your home. These weather-resistant installations will also benefit you by significantly lowering your energy costs and keep your exteriors looking great no matter the weather outside.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT INSURANCE

As a homeowner there are many insurance coverage’s to choose from that can benefit you and your loved ones during disastrous storms in north Texas. Make sure to talk to your insurance providers and be aware of what insurance you may or may not have. Consider flood coverage to be one of your choices. Since flood coverage is not included in most homeowners insurance, it would be wise to look into a policy. Plus in the long run it will grant you reassurance and less stress when unfortunate flooding does occur. BTW – check our lifetime warranty that we offer with every project!

UPDATE YOUR HOME INVENTORY

Let’s say severe weather does damage your home, any recollection of what valuables you have or had in your home could make it difficult upon this occurrence. Take a weekend or so to update or create a list of inventory that you have around your home. Use your smartphone to take pictures of all your valuable items. This process will speed up time with the claims process and allow you time to digest all that has happened.

CONSIDER A GENERATOR

It isn’t unusual for severe weather to cause power outages. Consider buying a generator that you can keep around when electricity does fail. Keeping your electricity running can help with protecting your home especially your alarm system, sump pump and air conditioning.

PREPARE A DISASTER KIT

In case of any emergency have a disaster or “go kit” easily ready for you. Put together all essentials that will benefit you and your families. Kits should consist of battery-operated radio, flashlights, batteries, cash and about three-days worth of food and water.

10 Ways to Weatherproof Your Home This Storm Season

 

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