Bad weather could happen at any time, bringing heavy winds and rain that can wreak havoc on a property. As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to be prepared and take steps to protect your home from wind damage. Here are a few tips to prepare your house before storm season.

Inspect the Roof

The first line of defense against heavy winds is a strong roof. Make sure your home’s shingles are in good condition and securely fastened. If you have a tile roof, check to verify the tiles are properly sealed and securely fastened.

It’s also a good idea to clear debris, such as leaves, pine needles, and twigs, from your gutters so they will drain properly. During heavy rains, the gutters are necessary to provide a channel for water to flow away from your home and foundation.

Secure Doors and Windows to Protect a Home from Wind Damage

Another way to protect your home from wind damage is to secure the doors and windows. You can do this by installing storm shutters or impact-resistant glass. Reinforce your doors by screwing the door frame into studs.

Bring Outdoor Furniture Inside

Secure outdoor furniture and lawn decorations so they don’t become projectiles in high winds. When storms are predicted, bring lawn chairs, patio umbrellas, the grill, and other lightweight objects inside your house or garage. Anything you cannot bring indoors should be anchored with straps or ropes.

Clear Loose Debris

Heavy winds can cause debris to become airborne, so it’s essential to remove anything around your property that could become a hazard. Check the yard for fallen branches, children’s toys, tools, and lawn equipment. Bring trash bins inside the garage or basement when a storm is in the forecast.

Prune Trees to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage

Trees that grow near your home should be pruned of diseased or dying branches. These branches can fall during a storm, causing damage to the roof or other parts of your property. Hire a professional arborist to remove branches growing near the house. Even if they don’t break from the tree, limbs can impact your home, scratch the siding, or damage windows if the winds are strong enough.

These tips will help keep your home safe from wind damage during bad weather. Inspecting your roof, securing the doors and windows, bringing outdoor furniture inside, and clearing loose debris are all effective ways to prepare for high winds. Don’t wait until a storm is on the way; be ready by maintaining the exterior of your home.

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