As a homeowner, it’s important to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, and that for many Floridians means a powerful hurricane. But what do you do if you don’t have shutters, impact windows, or any other type of hurricane protection? While it may seem difficult, there are a few steps you can take to prepare your home for a hurricane even if you don’t have shutters to keep your family safe.
One of the most important things you can do is to clear your property of any loose debris such as branches or loose lawn furniture. If you leave your furniture outside;
- You might never see your furniture again if they get picked up by the storm. There have been instances where outdoor seat cushions have been picked up and flown miles away after a storm, and other instances where flying lawn chairs have broken neighbors windows.
- Outdoor furniture or loose unsecured items can become a projectile that can be flown into your home, or your neighbors home. Be a good neighbor, and bring them indoors.
Another important step you can take; makesure that your roof is in solid condition. Any loose or missing shingles should be replaced, and leaks should be repaired. A strong roof is essential in keeping your home safe during a hurricane.
Another alternative option if you don’t have shutters is to use plywood. Plywood can be cut to fit over your windows and doors and provides an additional barrier against strong winds and flying debris. However, it’s important to note that plywood is not as effective as hurricane shutters.
Hurricane shutters are specifically designed and tested to withstand the high winds and flying debris that a hurricane brings with it. Plywood is only a last resort, and not a first option.
Keep in mind that finding plywood before a storm can be challenging; especially during a hurricane watch or warning. Many hardware stores and lumber yards sell out quickly, and it can be hard to find plywood at the right size and thickness of for your windows and doors.
Plywood as a storm protection tool is only safe to use one time. The wood can warp, deteriorate, or become moldy weakening the wood. Hurricane shutters are made to last decades, and is a much more sound and secure investment to protect your home.
If you’re looking for a more effective and long-term solution for protecting your home from hurricanes, we recommend investing in hurricane shutters. Not only are they more effective at protecting your home, but they are easier to deploy before a storm. Assured Storm Protection can provide you with a wide range of options for shutters that meet the standard of protection and quality you need, and the most stringent guidelines that government agencies mandate.
Another option for protecting your home if you don’t have shutters is to reach out to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or Faith Farms. These organizations often have a supply of hurricane panels available to low-income families or those who are unable to purchase them on their own. Contacting these organizations and inquiring about the availability of hurricane panels is a great option if you cannot find them anywhere else, but keep in mind that their supply of hurricane panels are limited and may not be readily available during a hurricane watch or warning.
Consider creating an emergency plan for your family; include a designated meeting place, a list of emergency contact numbers, and a plan for evacuation if necessary.
Pro tip: have an emergency supply kit on hand which includes things like food, water, flashlights, and a first aid kit.
While it’s always best to have hurricane shutters on your home, there are still steps you could take to prepare your home for a hurricane. By taking the time to clear your property of debris, installing impact-resistant windows, making sure your roof is in good condition, and creating an emergency plan for your family, you can help to reduce the damage and keep your family safe.
If you’re looking for high-quality, durable, and certified hurricane shutters, don’t hesitate to contact us, we are here to help you to protect your home and keep your family safe.
If you don’t have shutters, please consider investing in shutters as soon as possible. And if you’re looking for a company that can provide you with high-quality, durable, Miami-Dade Approved hurricane shutters, look no further. We offer a wide range of shutters, including accordion, roll-down, and storm panels, all of which are designed to provide critical protection.
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You should also consider installing impact-resistant windows in your home. These windows are designed to withstand the strong winds and flying debris that can accompany a hurricane. They can also help to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home, which can help to keep your home cooler during a storm and reduce your energy costs. We also offer a wide range of impact window options. Reach out to us for a free estimate.
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