How to Make Your Home Hurricane-Proof

Living in Florida means that hurricanes and tropical storms are inevitable. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 40% of all U.S. hurricanes strike Florida, with 88% of …

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Living in Florida means that hurricanes and tropical storms are inevitable. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 40% of all U.S. hurricanes strike Florida, with 88% of all major hurricanes hitting either Florida or Texas. Over the past 164 years, 114 hurricanes have struck Florida, with the majority ranging from Category 1 to Category 3. Major hurricanes, while rare, cost millions of dollars in damage and take a toll on the state’s infrastructure. According to a weather forecast from researchers at Colorado State University, this hurricane season’s predictions will be about average, historically, with twelve named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes expected to hit the Atlantic coast.

With these statistics and predictions in mind, it is absolutely vital that Florida residents prepare their home for a hurricane. Here at CFCS, we provide construction and restoration services that will help make your home hurricane-proof (yes, there is such a thing!), keeping your possessions safe and secure. Here is a brief overview of what can be done to reinforce your home, making it storm-proof.

Roof Replacement and Repair

One of the most important elements of your home’s stability is the roof, and it will be tested the most during a hurricane. If your roof is leaking or seems unsound, it is likely time for your roof to be repaired or even replaced. Roof replacement, when high-quality building materials are used, will provide shelter and sturdiness against a hurricane. There are many different components to a roof, and the structural and underlay of the roof itself are the most important parts to providing protection against Florida’s most ferocious weather.

Strong Walls Make a Strong Home

Brick walls, whether they are being constructed or repaired through re-bricking, hold up extremely well against a hurricane if they are built well. Using brick as a building material has been around for thousands of years, and the protection brick provides is superior when compared to other building materials. Protection against fire—Florida is home to 1.45 million lightning strikes per year—as well as protection against wind, rain, and other elements are all supported by the use of brick construction.

In order to have a strong roof, you need to have strong walls. Whether you’re rebuilding using brick or another material, or trying a newer construction, CFCS will help ensure that your home’s walls stand up to a hurricane. Sheetrock tape and bed, as well as reframing and stud replacement, will also keep your home’s infrastructure sturdy and unshakeable.

Gutters Are Invaluable in Storms

Replacement and repair of gutters are two other services that CFCS provides, among others. Gutters are an essential component of your home’s drainage system and Florida, which receives nearly five feet of rain per year, is a state where your gutters’ mettle will be tested. In a hurricane, your home will need to be as efficient as possible in draining the rainfall without becoming damaged or broken during the storm. Strong gutters that are installed efficiently will greatly improve your home’s hurricane defense. Roof flashing, another service, will protect your roof’s joints from water seepage and damage.

Can’t Forget about the Flooring

We’ve covered roofing, walls, gutters, and other parts of the home, but one of the most fundamental and essential parts of a strong home is the flooring. Hurricane-proofing your home without making sure that the floors are strong is like walking outside during a thunderstorm with no umbrella. CFCS will install and repair your flooring with materials that will keep water out and secure your home’s foundation against inclement weather.

Making your home hurricane-proof is absolutely essential for all Floridians. Whether it’s a rainstorm or a hurricane you wish to guard against, it all comes down to the strength of your home’s infrastructure. Repairing, replacing, and constructing a strong defense for your home will help keep you and your family safe during the upcoming hurricane season.

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