Help protect your home from wind damage
If your home is in an area where damaging winds are common, these wind protection suggestions can help reinforce your home against nature’s blusters.
- Replace heavy landscaping materials like gravel and rock with lighter mulch or shredded bark.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed, particularly tree branches that could fall on your home.
- Make sure that both your roof shingles or tiles, and the sheathing they attach to, can withstand high winds.
Protecting windows is a priority
- Consider permanent storm shutters if you live in an area where you’ll need to act quickly to protect from high winds.
- Shutters may be manually operated and motor-driven. If motor-driven, make sure they also can be operated manually if the power fails.
- While permanent storm shutters can usually be closed quickly and easily, temporary plywood covers are an economical option and can be put up fairly quickly.
Other areas warrant protection
- Have a professional reinforce your garage door with permanent wood, metal stiffeners or temporary supports you can attach and remove easily when severe weather threatens.
- Remove or securely anchor loose objects outside that could be picked up and blown about, including trash cans, grills and deck furniture.