As Irma's path stayed centered near South Florida, we all began to scramble to protect our home and commercial businesses. Boarding up windows, placing sandbags in front of our garage doors and doing anything else possible to prevent damage to the exterior or interior of our beloved houses and places of business. Irma came and went and the recovery process began. Unfortunately, with the widespread damage a hurricane is capable of, we are still recovering over 7 months later.
While most Florida homes are built to withstand extreme weather conditions, that doesn't mean they get through it damage free. The structural integrity remains strong, but it's the little issues such as destroyed paint, stucco, and interior drywall that can add up and turn into big problems if not properly fixed before another storm rolls around.
For example, one of the most powerful forces of a hurricane isn't the wind, it's the water. Water damage happens during the storm as the wind drives it into the walls and roofs and after the storm as it stands in low lying areas for days, completely destroying flooring and walls in homes. Flying debris combined with water slams into the outside of homes, peeling off the paint and creating cracks and holes in the stucco, leaving homes even more vulnerable to long term water damage.
While you can never fully prevent damage from a storm, there are things you can do to prepare.
Long before a storm is even headed our way, one wise thing to consider is having a professional contractor inspect the outside of your home or business and ensure that the exterior walls are properly protected. The stucco should be free of any cracks or chipping and the paint should be of a high enough quality to cover and protect the stucco from light debris.
It is also important to have your roof examined, especially if it is more than 15 years old.
Another tip is to pre drill holes or brackets where all shutters/plywood will need to go. This will save ample amounts of time if evacuation or helping other family/friends is needed.
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If there is anything we can do to help prepare your home as hurricane season approaches, please reach out to us and we would be happy to help!