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071130-hurricanes-forecast_bigHurricane season is approaching and weather agencies anticipate several named hurricanes in 2009.

Many areas of the country are still rebuilding and repairing damaged buildings and properties from the recent ruthless hurricane seasons. Preparation, however, can make a tremendous difference in protecting your home.


Prepare your roof for hurricane-force winds, which can tear away roofing materials. Well-installed roofs also will prevent the damage from changing pressures caused by hurricanes.

Ray Rosewell, CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes says pressure that escapes into the home through the roof can cause walls and windows of a home to actually blow out. Hurricane winds also cause damage by lifting shingles from the roof and hurling various debris onto the roof. Experts recommend high wind roofing materials for hurricane inflicted areas.

Windows and doors

Broken windows and doors can also allow hurricane winds to rip through your home. Similar to roof leaks, the high winds that come through doors and windows cause a build-up of pressure, which can blow out the roof and walls of a home.

Impact resistant windows will help prevent these blow-outs. Many impact resistant windows are built with reinforced glass and are designed to withstand flying debris. Storm shutters and shades also offer protection against hurricane winds.

Companies such as Wayne-Dalton introduced Fabric Shield storm panels. Hurricane fabrics are durable and can be used several times without replacement.

Protecting valuables

Protect valuable items in the home with watertight products. Products such as Pelican Cases are polycarbonate cases designed to resist weights up to 5,000 pounds. Protect electronic documents by backing them up on external hard drives and other data storage devices and storing them outside the home.

General Repairs

If you’re in hurricane-prone areas, arm yourself with a tube of EcoGlue Extreme, to make on-the-spot fixes of damaged or broken fixtures around the exterior or interior of your home. Check for loose siding, tiles, window or door jambs, for example, and glue them in place.

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We’re a little more than mid-way through hurricane season and have already seen several storms wreak havoc. If you’re in a hurricane-prone region, we’ve collected some tips or prepping your home. If you’re not, your average winter storm can still do a good deal of damage and these tips will help you protect your property.

The National Hurricane Center offers lots of great tips for preparing for a major storm. According to the hurricane preparedness site, the most important thing to do to reduce damage is to protect areas where wind can enter. And specifically, there are five critical areas:

Roof: You can retrofit both gabled and shingled roofs to protect against storm damage. You need to use adhesive to adhere each shingle to the one under it. Time consuming? Probably. But it could save your roof in a storm.

Straps: If your roof has trusses, make sure you tie them to the wall by either anchoring to the top plate and then the top plate to the wall stud, or strapping the truss directly to the wall stud.

Shutters: Impact resistant shutters can protect glass from airborne objects or from sudden changes in pressure that cause glass to shatter. The American Plywood Association (APA) – The Engineered Wood Association offers a series of Hurricane Shutter Designs. Each design is available for $1, or you can download all five designs from the APA’s Web site at no cost.

Doors: Solid wood or hollow metal doors can typically withstand hurricane force winds, but if you’re not sure a few simple measures, like installing head and foot bolts on double-entry doors and ensuring each door has three hinges and a security deadbolt will help.

Garage Doors: The best way to secure your garage door is to buy a kit to retrofit it with horizontal and vertical braces.

You can learn more at the Institute for Business and Home Safety Web site or at the National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Preparedness site.

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