Living in New England we must always be prepared for Hurricanes, NorEasters and Coastal Storms. Here are some helpful tips for homeowners to use to prepare for these situations.
Take Pictures of your Home – Homeowners should take pictures of the outside of their home, the inside, and their belongings. If your home is damaged in a storm having a photo inventory helps make the insurance claim process easier. Make sure each photo has time stamps, to prove the day it was taken.
Guard Entry Points – Windows and Doors are one of the most vulnerable parts of a home during a storm. Taking the necessary precautions to protect your entryways from flying debris that could shatter your windows. Coastal homeowners often invest in storm shutters but if you don’t have time to install storm shutters – secure sheets of plywood for added protection. If you live in a high-velocity wind zone, you should consider upgrading your windows. Impact Resistant Windows are perfect for coastal homes. These windows have a 120 mph wind rating and provide exceptional protection from wind, rain and wind-borne debris.
Taking Care of Loose Items – Patio tables, chairs, grills, planters, portable basketball hoops, trampolines, kids toys, canoes – anything that can be lifted by a wind gust is a potential projectile that could damage your property. Take the time to walk around the perimeter of your home to secure these items or store them in a protected area such as your garage, shed, or basement.
Check Gutters – Clogged gutters will not allow water to properly drain from your roof and away from your home. This makes your home vulnerable to water damage. Remove any leaves or pine needles from gutters and downspouts that could prevent proper water flow. Homeowners with trees close to their home should consider installing debris protection, such as leaf relief. Splash blocks should also be placed at the bottom of your down spouts. This will help eliminate ground erosion and distribute water away from your foundation.
Buy a Generator – Buying a generator can give a homeowner peace of mind, knowing that if their home does lose power they have a backup. Even if you do have a generator still keep all important electronics fully charged, and always have extra batteries on hand.
Prepare for Flooding – Keep the items in your basement safe from water. Be prepared for a flood by keeping items elevated with pallets or cement blocks. This can help protect big ticket items such as washers, dryers, or other appliances. If your home is prone to flooding, keep a portable, gas operated water pump to remove excess water should the power go out.
Upgrading your Roof – Replacing your roof with a GAF Timberline Roofing System can protect your home from wind and rain damage. A GAF Roofing System has multiple components to help keep your shingles in place and keep water out of your attic. You can learn more about the storm-related components of a GAF roof by checking out this project blog. As a Factory Certified GAF Master Elite Contractor customers can feel good knowing their roof comes with a 50 year non-prorated lifetime warranty.
Taking the time to prepare for a storm beforehand can make all the difference. Use these tips to help keep your home safe.