How to Best Protect Your Homes from Florida Storms
Home-owners in storm-affected places such as parts of Florida and Texas invest in storm- and hurricane shutters. Yet there is more that one can do, here are some simple pointers. These will help you protect your movable and immovable assets from the fury of tropical storms as well as other natural elements such as wind and sun. These can also help you reduce the monthly insurance premiums that you pay on your house.
If you’re looking to sell your home then a ready functioning hurricane protection adds value to your home. Potential buyers look for the reassurance offered by hurricane protection shutters. The shutters should be used to protect all major openings such as doors, windows, patio windows, etc. Storm shutters and impact resistant glass will protect your property from not only the rain but also from the gale force winds that can exert hundreds of pounds of pressure.
Apart from installing hurricane shutters, other things that you can do to protect your house from the elements is to carry out roof repairs before any loose shingles come raining down on a windy day. Secure shingles and check for leaks. High winds in a hurricane have been known to blow off roofs and if you don’t wish for that to happen to your roof then you could consider placing hurricane straps and clips that will help the roof to adhere more firmly to the rest of the house; another option is to go for a roof harness that secures your houses’ roof to the foundation by passing straps over the roof to keep it down.
Water is a powerful denuding agent and little by little it makes way for itself; try and caulk all unwanted openings for water to water, for example places where wires enter the house are notorious for letting water seep in as well. The dampness from water can cause mold and short circuiting. The roof soffits should also be sealed tightly so that they do not take in water when high winds drive the rain almost horizontal.
Florida residents fond of landscaped gardens should ensure that any overhanging branches close to their home are not rotted. Shrubs and plants should be checked particularly during hurricane season so that loose branches do not take off in high winds and become an injury hazard.
Hurricanes carry so much energy that sheds, carports, etc can actually get lifted in the air and become dangerous loads that can cause harm wherever they land. Porch roofs should also be safely anchored. << Back to Home Page
David G. - July - 2018 - Sarasota, Florida
We wanted to self-install so we bought accordions and roll downs from Empire Construction.We measured our window and patio and sent Empire the specs.The shutters were an exact match.Installation is very doable for two reasonably mechanical people. In this case it was only one mechanical person and some extra hands. The accordions were a breeze as installation was mostly marking holes for spots, drilling holes, and screwing them in.Our accordions have locking pins that hold them open and act as a second lock when closed. Even if a projectile breaks the lock the rods will keep the shutters closed.These shutters are Bertha HV1. They are High Velocity Hurricane Zone Approved. Having seen a wide range of shutters we are extremely happy with the quality of the product we received!!
Jim J. - June - 2018 - Homestead , Florida
I installed fourteen aluminum accordion shutters which I purchased from Empire Construction.I could not be happier with my choice.The shutters are made very well and are powder-coated.The purchase included all of the required hardware which was powder-coated to match the shutters.The company is very customer-oriented.Michael and his staff were wonderful.They were attentive, helpful, and a delight to work with.The installation video on the website made the installation very easy.I highly recommend Empire Construction to anyone considering a purchase of hurricane shutters. Thanks again. Please say Hi to everyone,