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Tips to Prepare Your Coastal Home for Hurricane Season

You are no stranger when it comes to hurricanes in the Sea Island area. Hurricane season lasts anywhere from May all the way through November, with the highest volume spanning from August to the end of September.

Not only are hurricanes dangerous to you and your family, but your home’s exterior may also fall victim to a storm's mighty power. It’s always a good idea to prepare yourself for this destructive weather.

That’s why Sea Island Residential put together this list of tips to prepare you for an impending storm!

Tarp Your Roof & Consider an Inspection

Your roof is the first to sustain damage in a hurricane. Many residents tarp their roofs if they see any damage endured after a hurricane. However, it’s important to note that ensuring you are ready to tarp your roof is half the battle.

Be sure to have all the proper tools ready such as wood boards, thick polyester or tarp material, nails, and a hammer, so you can tarp your roof as soon as you spot damage. Timing is key to tarping your roof as you don’t want to allow excess moisture to seep in, giving you a barrier until you can repair your shingles or replace your roof.

Consider an inspection and quote from a reputable roofing contractor before hurricane season if you prefer a professional opinion. This is the time to consider a roof upgrade or repair damaged spots. Avoid trying to rush an inspection when hurricane season has already begun.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Trees near your home provide ample shade and a shield from the wind. Unfortunately, any overhanging branches have the potential to damage your home’s exterior. Before hurricane season ramps up, be sure to trim any overhanging branches.

Prepare Your Gutters

Hurricanes easily rip gutters off when they pass through. Sometimes, you cannot prevent them from coming off, but taking precautions will significantly help. Keep up with cleaning your gutters and ensuring they are adequately secure before a hurricane falls to shore.

Contact a trusted exterior contractor if you need assistance with preparing your gutters.

Examine Your Windows

Besides boarding up your windows before a hurricane warning on short notice, note that your windows might be more than 15 years old and vulnerable. Today’s windows offer tremendous advantages not just against the beating sun’s rays but also against the harshest storms.

Hurricane-force speeds face better-armored protection with new, impact-resistant windows surpassing the strength of ordinary windows, so you might not need that extra boarding.

Assess Your Home’s Insulation

Insulation can often be overlooked when preparing your home for hurricane season. According to energystar.gov, checking which projects may be needed in your home before disaster strikes are important.

Here’s a simple DIY checklist to follow.

Check the Attic Insulation

 Before entering, you will need a few strong boards to walk on, a tape measure, a flashlight, a cap or hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, and a dust mask. Then check if the insulation is above or below the attic floor joists. You probably need to add more insulation if it sits level or below the joists. 

Or, you can either read the R-value printed on the batts of your existing insulation or use a measuring tape to measure the depth of the insulation in inches. Refer to energystar.gov for the appropriate recommended levels according to your type of current insulation.

Check the Wall Insulation

First, turn off the circuit breaker on your power board before beginning this check. Remove the outlet cover and shine a flashlight into the crack around the outlet box. You should be able to see the insulation and see its thickness.

If possible, pull out a small amount to determine the type of insulation. Repeat on other walls, if in doubt.

Consider an Insulation Upgrade!

Get into the modern age! There can’t be enough said about spray foam insulation benefits for safeguarding against any size storm. If you have ever been worried about potentially dangerous mold growing after a storm, be assured that spray foam will never lend itself to this growth.

Get a professional opinion and a free quote on this invaluable upgrade!

Apply for South Carolina Safe Home

The state of South Carolina is well aware of the damage hurricanes cause. That’s why they offer the South Carolina Safe Home program. You may be eligible for up to $5,000 in grants to bolster your home’s exterior against hurricanes and other severe weather.

You can apply for the SC Safe Home grant on their website.

Choose Sea Island Residential for a Hurricane-Resistant Home

Whether you need exterior repairs after a hurricane or need assistance preparing for hurricane season, Sea Island Residential has the tools to assist you with all your needs. We are a certified CertainTeed contractor providing extra assurance and our outstanding protective warranties!

Get a free quote online or give us a call at 843-593-3049 today!

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