No matter what part of the country you live in, inclement and unpredictable weather is something that you’ll have to face at one time or another. Whether it’s a snowstorm, tornado or hurricane, you’ll need to take proper precautions to make sure that your home comes out of it as unmarked as possible. With that in mind, here are three things you can do to help your house withstand extreme weather.
1. Clean out your gutters. Even if bad weather isn’t expected, we strongly recommend that you clean out your gutters as well as any surrounding drains to make sure they can handle a sudden downpour. While you’re at it, be sure to inspect them for rust, leaks, holes and corroded joints. If you find that your downspouts are draining water too close to your foundation, consider installing downspout extensions to prevent foundation damage and a flooded basement.
2. Review your insurance policy. You’d be surprised at how many homeowners fail to read the fine print in their insurance policies. They assume that just because they have insurance, the insurance provider will pay any amount claimed. This simply isn’t true. Familiarize yourself with the coverage so you know exactly what is covered if disaster does strike.
3. Install impact-resistant windows and doors. Powerful windstorms and hurricanes can wreak havoc on your home’s vulnerable components – your windows and doors included. Seeing as eight of the ten most expensive natural disasters to hit the United States were caused by hurricanes, you would be wise to install impact-resistant windows and doors to protect your home.
Since we started our business, State Roofing has been offering world-class roofing services to homeowners throughout Seattle and the surrounding Pacific Northwest region. For all your roofing needs, be sure to give us a call at (360) 794-7164 to schedule an appointment. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today.