Hurricane preparedness is a project that has to be done each year by millions of residents in the Eastern United States, from the Texas Gulf Coast to New England, who reside within 100 or so miles from the Atlantic Ocean. When hurricane-force winds are propelled against a tree, a sign or your house, the pressure builds up and pushes until it finds a path around an obstruction.
Here are several ways you can reinforce your home's weak points to stand up to a hurricane.
Garage Doors: In a hurricane, one of the most vulnerable areas is your garage door. The larger it is, the more vulnerable it is. It doesn¹t take much of a gust to push in the center of a double-wide garage door and pop it off its roller tracks.
Most manufacturers make reinforced garage doors for potential high-wind environments. But if you bought a cheap one, upgrade kits are available.
These kits consist of several horizontal metal braces that can easily be installed with a drill or screw-driver. To determine how many braces you need, just count the number of panel sections that make up the door and install one brace across the center of each panel.
As an added precaution, park your vehicles inside the garage, close the door, and then carefully back the vehicles tight against the door for additional support.
Protecting Glass Doors and Windows: Windows are the next area that requires early hurricane preparedness, including sliding glass patio doors and large picture windows. These need to be protected from both pressure and debris. An easy way to do that is by making home made storm shutters. Here's how:
There is usually a lot of stress and anxiety associated with an oncoming storm. Start the hurricane preparedness project early and allow enough time to do it right. You don¹t want to have flimsy shutters or none at all because the home-improvement center ran out of the right materials.
And if you think this is all a grand waste of time and that all you really need to do is place an "X"of duct tape across each window pane, remember the only thing duct tape accomplishes in a hurricane is that it keeps the glass from shattering as it blows out of the frame.
By following these simple steps, you will help to ensure that as little damage as possible is done to your home during the hurricane season.