May 14, 2015 12:39 am
To protect your property from damage caused by high winds and wind-driven rain:
Fortify Windows and Doors – Protect all windows and doors from high winds and flying debris. Failure of a large window or door can result in pressurization inside the home, and potential damage. Attention should be given to all windows, entry doors, sliding glass doors, and garage doors.
Strengthen Your Roof – The roof is a home’s first line of defense against Mother Nature, making it the most important and most vulnerably access point. Roof cover damage occurs in the vast majority of wind-related claims, and a damaged roof can allow wind and rain to enter your home, resulting in even more damage. Consult with a certified roofing professional and your insurance company before making repairs or replacements.
Prepare Your Surroundings – Limit possible sources of wind-borne debris by surveying your building’s surroundings before a storm and trimming overhanging trees and removing anything that could potentially be picked up by high winds. Keep in mind that even seemingly heavy objects can become flying missiles during strong hurricanes.
Published with permission from RISMedia.