There’s little a homeowner can do when faced with Mother Nature’s wrath except prepare to the best of their abilities. While we’ve been fortunate in the Pacific Northwest to stay relatively safe and secure in our winter weather, that doesn’t mean a serious storm can’t sweep through and put a damper on our fun. In order to best prepare your property for extreme weather conditions, a few home improvement projects may be in order.
Pay Attention to the Roof
Your roof is arguably the most important aspect of your home and will be taking the brunt of whatever nature throws your home’s way. By verifying its integrity through a roof inspection or a careful walk around during calmer weather, you’ll have the opportunity to make needed repairs before the big one hits.
Take time to repair your flashing, shingles, and clear any debris that might come crashing down in a sudden gust. And speaking of crashing, if you haven’t trimmed major branches or tree limbs around your roof in a while, it’s a good idea to remove weak or dead branches to prevent them from falling onto your roof during a storm.
Invest in a Generator
A generator is a homeowner’s best bet to keep heaters, refrigerators, and other electronics working throughout power outages. Of course, the more you spend, the more power you can generate over a longer period of time, but most homeowners can typically get away with spending around $200 on a small 1-gallon gasoline generator that will keep the lights on for a few hours more.
As with most appliances, electrical generators come in various styles and capabilities. Electric Generators Direct has a great buyer’s guide for generators based on capacity, price, and performance. Check it out here.
Protect Your Family from Shattering Glass
In cases of earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes, one of the biggest dangers to occupants of homes and office buildings is shattering, flying glass. While shatter-proof glass is an effective counter to this phenomenon, it’s considerably more expensive than traditional panes. Instead, consider adding a layer of protective safety film to your windows to keep glass together even if a window is damaged by debris or force.
Brower Tint and Graphics is Seattle’s leading installer of professional window film and has equipped hundreds of buildings in the area with safety and security film to help residents and business owners protect their property from damage. For more information on how we can help secure your home or office building in the event of a disaster, contact us by using the form or calling (425) 251-6849.
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