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Still Standing: How to Help Your Maryland Home Survive a Storm

How would your home fare in a storm? Consider the following tips for making your home as impervious to the wild whims of Mother Nature as possible:Blog picture - home in a storm

  • Roof: When installing a roof, use a covering that is specially designed to resist high winds. Seal all the joints of your roof sheathing with rubberized, self-stick asphalt tape, which keeps moisture out. For additional protection, glue your roof’s sheathing to the rafters and trusses using an adhesive designed for that purpose.
  • Windows: Install impact-resistant window systems, or in lieu of those, impact-resistant shutters, which will stop flying debris from shattering your windowpanes.
  • Doors: Make sure the frames of all your entry doors are anchored to the wall framing. Install at least three hinges on every entry door. Ensure the dead bolt locks have bolts that measure at least one inch long.
  • Sliding Glass Doors: Because of their comparably delicate material, these types of doors are obviously more fragile than standard entry doors. As is the case with windows, install impact-resistant door systems. These are comprised of laminated glass, or a synthesis of glass and plastic.
  • Connections: Every house is made up of different components that connect. These connections points must be impeccably constructed in order to keep the various parts of your home together during a severe storm. For example, the roof can be better connected to the walls through the use of metal clips and straps, which may be incorporated when the roof is installed. The joints where your home’s walls meet its foundation should be strong. Your home’s second-story framing must be strongly joined to its first-story framing.
  • Garage Doors: One way to keep your garage door intact during a serious storm is to install wood or metal stiffeners, which will permanently strengthen the door. A temporary solution may come in the form of supports (your garage door manufacturer can advise you about which types to use) that can be attached if a storm threatens and then removed after it passes.

Employ a qualified contractor to make sure these elements are all in place when you build and/or remodel your home. Doing so will increase the likelihood that your house will be a storm survivor!

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