How To Hurricane-Proof Your House

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With 11 tropical storms, four of which were classed as hurricanes, according to the Insurance Information Institute, 2015 ranked as an above-normal season and once again highlighted the importance of hurricane-preparedness. Although, thankfully, fatalities were few, the storms and hurricanes wreaked damage that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. So how can you hurricane-proof your house and protect it from possible damage?

Window Ways

Window coverings and window replacements can play an important role in minimizing damage to your property. Storm winds of up to 200 miles an hour can be withstood by impact resistant glass windows. In fact, many can withstand Category 5 storms, the highest level on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Most replaced or new windows can last up to 20 years. Experts recommend considering one of three frame options when assessing hurricane-resistant windows: vinyl, aluminum and wood. The average window replacement yields a 78% return on investment (ROI) — and can save heartache and potentially injury.

Door Damage
Of course, windows are not the only way to prevent or minimize hurricane damage. Impact doors can also play an important role. It is vital that you check the pressure offered by each hurricane-resistant product, including doors. You should also check that functional opening needs of the door or window are realized.

Additional Benefits
Many hurricane-resistant products also offer other benefits, such as energy efficiency and resultant cost savings. Inefficient windows can lose up to 30% of an average house’s heat or air-conditioning energy. Installing energy-efficient — those that are Energy Star marked — windows can lower your bills by up to 15%.

Added window coverings such as window awnings can cool your home and reduce solar heat by up to 77% on west-facing windows and 65% on south-facing ones.

When you consider that extreme weather seems to be on the increase as a result of global warming, ensuring hurricane-preparedness becomes even more important. A few modifications to your house can save you much anguish in the future.

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