Dive in on how to upgrade an older home to fight a natural disaster.
Reinforce Your Garage Door, Windows, and Entry Doors
One of the most accessible routes that strong winds can cause damages into your house is via your entry door, windows, and garage door. High winds inside a home can quickly build up pressure which may result in blowing off your roof.
According to IBHS standards, most garage doors, entry doors, and windows of old houses have gaps that allow passage of high winds into the house. Strengthen these parts of your home to meet a design pressure rating. It will prevent pressurization in your place should a hurricane strike.
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Replace Your House Siding
Siding plays a vital role in ensuring your house is safe from hurricanes. Broken or torn siding may lead to a disaster when the bad weather strikes. However, it’s best if you did not wait for the hurricane to hit for you to replace your sidings, this may not help. Plan on upgrading your sidings earlier before the hurricane period.
You should choose a high-quality siding product that will guarantee you quality services. Vinyl siding is among the best siding products that you can use to upgrade your house. It adds beauty to your exteriors and also can withstand 110 mph winds and heavy rains. Check on the quality of this type of siding for its best performance.
Set Up Hurricane Straps
You can install hurricane straps to reinforce the structural integrity of your old house before the bad weather season kicks in. Hurricane straps are galvanized pieces of steel that you can make a connection of the roof to the walls. You can also connect the walls to the foundations with these straps.
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Reinforce Your Roof
Your house roofing is vital in protecting your households and dwellers from harsh weather. The roofing of old houses is susceptible to lower-rated hurricanes. 74 mph is enough to cause damage or blow off the roof of an old house.
Improve on your roof decking part by re-nailing it or screwing it after replacing the roof cover. A roof inspector will help you in identifying extra weak points of your roof and advise on how to upgrade it.
Natural calamities such as hurricanes and tornadoes are dangerous not only to your house but also to human lives. Invest in upgrading your old home by combining any of the above measures to protect your family and property from a disaster
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