There’s a foreboding tone about the phrase “Hurricane Season”, but there are three other seasons to prepare for the strong winds, heavy precipitation and flooding. New technology has produced stronger hurricane resistant home accessories than ever before. Improving your home’s resistance to storm damage will save you money in the long run, but will require some upfront cost. Luckily, accessories don’t always have to be expensive. Consider these options for your home.
Hurricane Shutters and Storm Panels
There are a few options to consider for covering your windows.
- Accordion Shutters
These slide closed and are usually mounted on the side of the window or door. They are typically made of aluminum and offer optimal protection against wind and flying debris.
- Hurricane Storm Panels
These are a bit more troublesome to install. There are brackets mounted above and below the window or door, which the aluminum or plastic panels slide into. Storage is something to consider with panels, as they need to be stored when not in use.
- Fabric Panel
These usually Velcro on. This type of method would be for lower impact areas that may experience more mild winds.
Bolted Down Hurricane Boxes
An emerging trend in this industry is hurricane resistant storage for your home. Flooding and wind can dislodge safes from homes, scatter important documents and valuables, and leave the home owner feeling helpless. Bolted down hurricane boxes are made to be water tight, wind proof and built to withstand falling objects. This investment may offer you some peace of mind when preparing for the worst possible situation.
Electricity is essential to everyday life, and is one of the first things to go in a hurricane. You may need to use power tools to help fortify your home, run the refrigerator to keep yourself and your family fed, or have medical devices that require power. Having a generator will provide you with power while you are temporarily off the grid. Be sure to never use a generator in the house but keep it protected from water, flooding and wind.
Other Hurricane Resistant Home Accessories and Design
These hurricane resistant home accessories are quick and easy ways to help keep you safe from Florida’s intense storms. If you are thinking about renovating your home and are concerned about the impact of hurricanes, you may want to consider using certain building materials or design elements as well. Contact the team at Brentwood Construction to discuss possible options.