Even though hurricanes are predictable, the damage they can leave behind may not be completely foreseeable until it is too late.
Of course when there is a threat of a hurricane making landfall, those in the affected areas will be made aware that it’s on its way. But sometimes, no amount of warning can prepare you for the aftermath of the storm. The biggest cause of damage from a hurricane are the high-force winds. Not only can the strong winds shatter windows and blow in doors, but the wind is fully capable of completely leveling a large structure.
Hurricanes are also known to spawn tornadoes. These forces of nature are not as predictable and can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. If you are in the direct path of a hurricane of any size, chances are that your home or business will experience some type of wind or water damage.
Before a storm, there are some simple measures that can help lessen the damage. If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, investing in shutters may be a good option. You can install detachable ones that you can remove when it is not hurricane season.
If shutters cannot be installed, installing plywood over windows and glass doors is a viable, temporary option that will help deter serious wind damage. Boarding these over your windows and glass doors will certainly reduce wind damage and will keep flying debris away from the breakable windows.
Impact Resistant Glass
Additionally, installing impact-resistant glass can lower the threat of severe damage during a hurricane. The impact resistant doors and windows are made with a sturdier frame and the glass is protected against wind damage and flying debris. The impact-resistant windows and doors can be cracked, but they will remain intact and not shatter.
Up to Code
There are certain ways to protect yourself, home, or business during a powerful hurricane. Always make sure that the building is up to code. Over time, these codes have led to the construction of stronger buildings that can withstand hurricane force winds. These building codes also help the threat of flooding.
Making sure your home or business is up to date on the coding will help ensure less damage from hurricanes. With proper construction and design, the real threat of hurricane damage can be minimized.
Flooding in a Hurricane
When a window breaks or a tree branch crashes through your roof, the next thing you need to worry about is flooding caused by the torrential, steady rain. The storm surge and inland flooding can be just as damaging as the high winds. The flood waters can completely destroy a structure within a short matter of time.
Additionally, with just slight storm damage, rain or storm surge can leak in the home and cause further water damage. As mentioned before, the best way to handle flood damage is to locate it quickly.
Often with hurricanes, you may be without power or a few days or even weeks. You may also have been evacuated and won’t be able to return home for some time. Once you are able to return home, immediately start to assess the damage because you need time on your side.
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