High velocity winds can pose a threat to your home and property, including your vehicles and external structures. A few preventative measures, along with a basic understanding of your insurance policy, might help you lower the risk of wind damage to your property and save you money on repairs and lost productivity.
MAKE SURE YOUR ROOF CAN HANDLE HIGH WINDS
To ensure that your roof is reasonably protected from wind damage, have it inspected by professionals. They can check to make sure that your shingles meet local building codes and are well-rated for wind and impact resistance. They may also check to see if the roof sheathing and shingles are securely nailed down. Additionally, they will be able to ensure that HVAC units, skylights, and chimneys are secure.
CLEAR BRANCHES AND HEAVY PLANTS FROM YOUR ROOF
If you own a home, you probably have trees growing around the perimeter of your home. Depending on their height, those trees may have branches brushing up against your roof. Those branches can become a serious problem during a powerful windstorm. Tree branches can lift shingles, knock out gutters, and damage vents and flashing. Ensuring tree limbs are trimmed down prior to a windstorm can keep your roof protected and ensure costly repairs are prevented.
CHECK THE SUPPORTING AND SURROUNDING STRUCTURES
You can safeguard your roof further by securing the supporting and surrounding structures. Regularly cleaning your gutters, ensuring that your garage door is pressure rated, and inspecting your attic can help reduce your risk of wind damage. An inspector can help you check that your roof sheathing is secured to your roof trusses.
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