Hailstorms can produce golf ball-sized stones that can damage your windows, roof, and other items on your property. Check out these three ways to help protect your home and minimize the potentially-severe impacts of a hailstorm.
Shield Your Windows
When it comes to protecting your windows during a hailstorm shutters are the most obvious first line of defense. There are lots of products available on the market. Depending on the style of your home, the Bahama shutter, also known as the Bermuda shutter, can be ideal. As an additional layer of protection during a hailstorm close your blinds and drapes to help lessen your chance of injury from breaking glass and debris.
If it’s time to replace your windows think about investing in ones that are wind- and impact-resistant. These types of windows should specify that they have been tested to meet those standards.
Inspect Your Roof
You should perform periodic inspections of your roof. Over time the surface of your rooftop is exposed to extreme heat and cold, strong winds, flying debris, heavy rains, and…hailstones. So in the spring and fall consider hiring a professional to inspect your roof for any surface breaches, which can be exacerbated by hailstones and further compromise the integrity of your structure.
If you’re in the market to purchase a new roof think about the durability of the material you may choose, since durability can vary widely—from the least expensive and most commonly-used asphalt shingle, to terra cotta tile, wood shakes/shingles, slate, and concrete tiles. Synthetics like rubber, plastics, and polymers are also available and they can replicate the look, texture, and color of natural materials like wood and slate.
Shelter Other Parts of Your Property
Aside from the physical structure of your home remember to protect your other property. If a hailstorm is heading your way move your vehicles into the shelter of a garage, under a carport, or within the protection of a car cover. If you need to quickly shield individual plants in your garden or landscape consider a simple covering with a trash can or a flower pot.
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