Summer is well under way, and that means hurricane season is too. From the first day of June until the end of November, residents in coastal regions know they need to be alert and aware of changing weather patterns.
History has demonstrated that hurricanes and tropical storms can be more dangerous than anticipated. It's important that homeowners get their homes and families prepared should the weather go from sunny to stormy without much warning.
Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to hurricane repairs. There are several improvement projects that can help your home stay protected in the face of strong winds, hail and torrential rains. However, they can start to add up, especially if this is a person's first hurricane season in the house.
"Cost shouldn't stand in a homeowner's way of protecting his family from a hurricane."
But costs shouldn't stand in a homeowner's way of protecting family and property from a hurricane. Offering financing to your customers will help them make these highly necessary improvements to their home without worrying about the price tag.
The first thing you should think about when getting your home ready is where water is most likely to seep into your home. The three major places water will be able to get into your house from are:
The roof should be well-equipped to handle high winds. If it isn't, there is a chance that parts of the roof, or the whole structure, can be dislodged from your home. If this happens, water damage might be the least of your worries.
Begin by checking the shingles. If any of them are rotten, broken or missing, you should replace them. If there are a significant amount of these issues throughout the whole roof, you might consider getting a new roof altogether.
Also check the roof from the inside. If you can see sunlight shining on your attic floor, you can bet rain can easily get in. Look around to see if you have hurricane straps or clips. These will reinforce the roof and prevent it from flying off, Money Talks News explained.
Next up: the windows. CBS News pointed out that seals around windows often get damaged over time. If you don't make an effort to seek out problem areas, you very well might overlook them. Be sure to inspect every window in your home and assess its structural integrity, including the glass, the frame and the sealing.
Installing storm shutters will add protection against the wind and the rain to prevent broken glass or improperly sealed or fastened windows from letting in the storm.
Finally, your door: Be sure this is also properly sealed and caulked. You can also give them extra strength to combat winds with head and foot bolts at the top and bottom of the door frame.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this year will be a fairly normal hurricane season, CBS News reported. This means there will be approximately:
Any of these storms could become devastating. Make sure your customers are able to prepare their homes for it as best as they can by offering financing.