Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season

We in Virginia Beach recently enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend - the weather proved beautiful and ideal to hold outdoor ceremonies of remembrance, while families gathered at parks and the beach to enjoy each other's company. We are grateful every day for those who risk their lives in the line of duty to guarantee the freedoms we take for granted, and with this weekend behind us we now look to something that soldiers and even civilians can't control: hurricane season.

Overall, most Virginia Beach homeowners I know fare well in the storms. Depending on the severity of the hurricane, especially if it touches the shores, you could be looking at anything from a few days without power to having to replace decks, windows, or doors. Never take a tropical storm or hurricane warning lightly - if you are told to evacuate, you do it. Winds of gale force can cause damage and injury if you're not protected, and now is the time to think about preparing your home for the storm season.

If you haven't done so yet, look into installing impact-resistant windows and shutters for your home. These systems, while attractive and similar to standard windows, are actually better able to withstand high winds and impact of flying objects. You're less likely to experience glass shattering and losing shutters in a storm. Though it's still possible to experience some damage, the result is likely to be less severe than if you had normal windows installed. If you live near the ocean, such additions to your house can improve its resale value, as hurricane season is always a consideration for new homebuyers.

For doors, protecting your home is as easy as installing head and foot bolts for added resistance. They are inexpensive and pay off in the long run when the winds beat down your door.

If you need more ideas for keeping your home safe during the hurricane season, call on the top Virginia Beach handyman for a free assessment: House Doctors of Virginia Beach at 757-306-0500.

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