Home Hardening: A Key to Safety
The best way to protect your home during a powerful storm is through home hardening. Hardening fortifies your home, strengthening it against the worst kinds of damage. PGT Innovations specializes in storm-resistant doors and windows, just the kind that can protect your home from major damage. We offer these home hardening tips to help keep your home secure.
Passive vs. Active Protection
There are two primary types of protective materials for your home:
Passive protection doesn't require you to take immediate action before a storm.
Examples: Installing impact-resistant windows & doors, tying your roof down.
Active hardening requires immediate action before a storm hits.
Examples: Putting plywood or shutters on your windows as a storm approaches, hiring a contractor to inspect your home before the start of the hurricane season.
Vulnerable Home Entry Points
Roof. During a windstorm, the force of the wind pushes against the outside of your home, which is passed along from the roof to the exterior walls, and finally to the foundation. The end wall of a home with a gabled roof takes a beating during a hurricane, and those that are not properly braced can collapse, causing major damage to the roof.
Doors. Don't forget about sliding glass doors and garage doors — ensure that they are properly sealed and maintained. Your garage door is one of the likeliest components of your home to give in to high winds.
Windows. If windows are damaged during a storm, high winds and debris can enter and put pressure on the roof and walls, causing potential damage.
Top 3 Investments in Your Home
- Impact-resistant windows and entry doors increase your family's safety and eliminate the need to spend money on plywood and shutters, which can be problematic.
- Professionally installed roof tie-downs anchor the roof to the foundation of the house, keeping it securely in place.
- Wind-rated and impact-rated garage doors are designed to protect one of your home's largest openings.
Tasks Often Overlooked Before A Storm
- At the beginning of hurricane season, inspect windows and doors for cracks in the seals. Hire a professional to help fix any voids.
- Make sure all windows and entry points are locked to help keep them securely closed at all times during a storm.
- Place all moveable objects inside, including garbage cans, planters, outdoor furniture, and vehicles.
- Cover all landscaping pebbles and rocks to prevent them from flying during high winds.