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No one ever wants their home to look like this. There are some simple steps you can take to help prevent this from happening to you. Clear all debris, furniture and ornaments from your yard prior to an oncoming hurricane. Keep your trees trimmed and away from the home. If possible do not allow large branches to hang over any part of the structure. Brace your garage door first and foremost! The garage door has proven to be the most vulnerable point of entry for high wind, rain and debris. Back a car up to it from the inside or if not possible then brace it with an approved hurricane rated center bracing system.
Click the images above to see a few pages from NOAA’s Hurricane Basics guide. A common misconception I run into is that the wind may only come from one direction during a hurricane so you only need to protect one side of your home, this is untrue. Winds swirl during any high wind event, and hurricanes can also spawn tornadoes. A lot of times, water from storm surge does more damage to structures and communities than high winds.
To see the full NOAA Hurricane Basics Guide, click here.
Sometimes also known as Peel-N-Stick. It is an extra layer of protection between your shingles and the inside of your attic. This is another item on the OIR-B1-1802 form which can qualify you for discounts on your homeowners insurance.
A 6” to 12” spacing of nails, along with an acceptable plywood thickness of 1/2” allows for a discount on your insurance. Most homes with a roof put on in the last 20-25 years or so, will have this proper spacing and receive a credit for wind mitigating features.
If you have had your roof replaced in the last 10 years (after March 1st 2002) then you are eligible for yet another discount on your homeowners insurance. Why are you still waiting? Call today to schedule your wind mitigation inspection 727-278-5148.