5 Tips You Can Use to Storm Proof Your Home!

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You don’t have to take a trip to the yellow brick road know how quickly a beautiful day can spin into dark skies and damaging winds. Advisories and watches keep you up to date, but they can’t make your house storm proof. These five smart tips help Hoosier State homes weather the worst.

Review the Roof

Shingles should stand strong between you and the elements. Replacing loose or missing shingles will help minimize damage. Keep an eye out for missing or crooked nails along areas that connect to rafters. Take on a little DIY roof restoration by applying roofing cement under shingle edges and construction adhesive along rafters at points where they connect to the roof’s deck.

Shutter Your Windows

These exterior additions combine good looks with protection against storm damage, so go for curb appeal that works hard when the winds howl. Storm shutters can be easily closed and secured to prevent debris from flying through your windows. You can also up the ante on safety with double-paned window installations. An investment in these rugged windows pays off year-round by holding down heating and cooling bills.

Double Down on Doors

Front and back entrances stand up stronger to high winds when you install additional dead bolts. This strategy fends off fierce Indiana storms while it beefs up home security. Don’t let rough weather blast through your garage and raise the roof. Check with the door’s manufacturer for a bracing kit, and install horizontal reinforcement along door panels.

Prep Gutters and Downspouts

They pave the only way for torrential rain to get down off the roof and away from the house. Keep those hard-working gutters clean, and they’ll do their job without buckling under pressure. Check for leaks that can turn into waterfalls down exterior walls, and position downspouts to direct rushing rapids away from your home’s foundation.

Tame the Tree Line

Windswept branches banging against the windows add atmosphere to scary movies, but they pose a serious danger to your property during a storm. Keep tall shades trimmed back away from the roof and electrical lines. Give large shrubs against your home the same attention. Seasonal trimming protects the house, reduces cleanup after storms and keeps your landscape healthy.

Dorothy and Toto eventually made it back home, and we hope your bad weather experiences end safely too. If you ever need help dealing with storm damage here in Indiana, Paul Davis Restoration stands ready. We don’t supply ruby slippers, but we can put your house back in order for a happy ending.