High winds can cause severe damage to residential properties with repairs costing thousands of dollars throughout the year. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your home from wind damage before a storm arrives. If you want to take the right steps to reduce wind damage, here are a few important tips to follow.

Reinforce the Garage Door

The garage door is always at risk of being blown off due to high winds. If this happens, contents that are stored inside the garage will likely be damaged and you will also need to have your garage door replaced. Make it a point to reinforce the garage door with a brace to strengthen the door and prevent it from suffering from damage.

Remove Trees to Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

It’s important to remove trees that are in close proximity to the home, which can break and cause significant damage to the exterior of the building. The branches on the trees can also come in contact with the house on windy days, so be sure to keep them trimmed and safely away from your home. In extreme winds, trees are at risk of being uprooted. Any tree on your property should sit farther away from the house than its height to prevent it from coming in contact with the building.

Secure Metal Siding & Metal Roofs

High winds are known to tear the metal siding and metal roofs from buildings in a strong wind event. Hire a professional to use fasteners like screws, bolts, and clips to secure these materials and protect your home from wind damage.

Cover Windows and Doors

Covering windows and doors on the building is effective to prevent flying objects like twigs or debris from breaking the glass. Use steel or aluminum storm shutters, or cover the windows with plywood, which will prove to secure the property and also protect residents who may be in the building during the storm.

Anchor Storage Sheds

Although storage sheds are built to be durable, they are vulnerable in high winds and need to be anchored with straps or a permanent foundation to prevent them from coming loose. Grills and outdoor patio furniture should be placed in the garage to prevent them from being blown away. These items can also be bolted down if you want them to be secure with the use of chains and cables.

Secure the Shingles

The roof is one of the most common areas of the home that becomes damaged during extreme weather conditions. The tiles and shingles are prone to becoming loose and falling off of the building, which can cause the roof deck to become vulnerable to damage. If the roof deck is damaged, leaks will begin to form.

If you want to protect your home, you’ll need to secure the shingles with the use of six nails or staples. A waterproof underlayment should also be installed to protect the building from rain and moisture if any shingles blow off.

Securing and protecting your home from wind damage is important to reduce the risk of loss and avoid costly repairs in extreme weather conditions. With the help of a professional and the right steps taken, you can protect your home from wind damage and keep your family safe.

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