Protect windows and your home from harsh New England weather all year round. Preparing your windows for an upcoming storm is key to ensuring the safety of your home during hurricanes, blizzards, severe thunderstorms, and nor’easters. Here are a few steps you can take to safeguard your home.
Prevent debris damage –
- Trim and prune any surrounding trees to make sure there are not any overhanging branches that could smash into windows or other parts of your home.
- Secure any yard objects like an outdoor grill, patio furniture, toys for kids and pets, or light objects like kayaks that are stored outside.
Everyday household items can become dangerous projectiles if left unsecured during a storm. It is best to move any of these objects to a garage or shed before a storm strikes. Don’t have a garage or a shed? Secure items with sandbags, deck tie-down anchors, or bungee cords to keep them safely in place.
Temporary Solutions –
- Install storm shutters to give your windows an extra layer of protection between the elements and the window glass.
- Apply window film or plywood to add strength to your windows temporarily and help prevent glass from shattering everywhere if any debris impacts your window
Temporary fixes work in a pinch but they are not viable long term. Installing plywood, film, or shutters help in a moment of urgency but they need to be installed before every storm and removed after a storm. If you’re unable to perform this task yourself or if you’re on vacation when a storm hits then your home is vulnerable. You’ll need to have a reliable contractor, neighbor, friend, or family member on call to install these temporary measures for you. With severe weather year round you should consider long term, permanent solutions.
Permanent Solutions –
- Install storm rated windows from Andersen, Paradigm, Pella, or Marvin. These manufacturers all have windows rated for impacts and high wind situations that have been tested extensively to be able to withstand the elements of a storm.
- Research the “DP” or “design pressure” rating of new windows to install at your home. A DP rating is a numerical value that represents its ability to withstand a given amount of wind load. DP ratings represent three performance elements — structural load, water resistance, and air infiltration resistance.
Coastal homes in New England are subjected to extreme weather conditions all year round. We are proud to offer windows from the industry’s leading manufacturers. Our team can help you decide which windows will work best for your home and your budget.
Care Free Homes has over 45 years of experience installing windows and dealing with the local weather of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. If you’d like peace of mind next time there’s a storm and to protect your windows call us for a FREE quote to upgrade your windows today. As a proud A+ rated, accredited member of the Better Business Bureau for over 30 years you’ll be in good hands when it comes to your window installation projects. Over half our business each year comes from repeat customers or referrals thanks to our fair pricing, professional product warranties, the highest quality craftsmanship, and reliable service.2