If you’re like most homeowners, your house is your biggest financial asset and the possession that would have the most devastating effect on your life if it were destroyed or significantly damaged. Even if you have homeowners insurance, you probably don’t want your home to go into battle against a hurricane without a full suit of armor. Whether you plan to evacuate or stand your ground when the next hurricane comes calling, you’ll want to make sure your castle is well fortified to meet this perennial foe.
ArmorGuard Exteriors is a locally owned home improvement company that’s been helping residents of the Jacksonville, Florida, area safeguard their homes for more than 30 years. We’re pleased to draw on our extensive experience to offer these tips for protecting your home during a hurricane:
Shield Your Windows & Glass Doors
If you’re living in a hurricane-prone area, your home faces the potential for significant damage from the sustained high-speed winds and powerful wind gusts that accompany hurricanes and tropical storms. The pressure from these winds is often strong enough to break an ordinary window. But even worse, your windows and glass doors will be vulnerable to missile strikes from tree branches, patio furniture, garden statuary, and other debris the wind picks up and hurls at your home. Fortunately, there are lots of options for hurricane window protection, including:
- Impact-resistant replacement windows that are designed to stay intact in the face of threats from high-speed winds
- Motorized retractable hurricane screens that can be lowered at the touch of a button to protect your patio or porch
- Removable hurricane panels that can be easily mounted when a storm approaches, then taken down and tucked away whenever the threat has passed
Shore Up Your Gutter System With Gutter Guards
The primary purpose of gutter guards, of course, is to keep debris out of your gutter system so rainwater will flow as intended, unimpeded by clogs. If a hurricane is on its way, you don’t want your home to brave it with clogged gutters, and reliable gutter covers can help your gutters be prepared for a heavy downpour at any time. Beyond that, though, an ultra-sturdy gutter guard can serve as a shield, protecting your gutters and your roof’s edge from impact damage related to airborne debris.
If you’re exploring hurricane protection options for your home in Jacksonville or any of the surrounding communities, the experts at ArmorGuard Exteriors will be delighted to assist you. Contact us today for more information.