Going Into Battle With Mother Nature? Here’s How To Keep Your Home Safe

Mother nature has been hitting us hard the past year or so. At any given time, one country or another seems to be suffering the effects. And, America has been hit harder than many, with Storm Harvey and Hurricane Katrina to note. Most recently, Storm Riley has ripped its way through the east coast.

 

In the aftermath of storms like these, many homeowners are left coping with the damage done to their homes. Some are left homeless. Others have to live elsewhere during repairs. This can make an already devastating time a lot harder. It can cause undue amounts of stress to family life.

 

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Mother nature may be hitting us hard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight back. In light of the seemingly constant nature of these attacks, it’s worth considering how you can do just that. Read on to find out how.

 

 


The right materials

Before a storm is even on the horizon, it’s worth considering the materials in your home. Old buildings may not use the storm-proof options you need to stay safe. Traditional wooden structures don’t stand a chance. Instead, consider opting for sturdy materials, such as metals and concretes. This doesn’t mean you have to renovate your home entirely. But, incorporating these into your building will go a long way. You could opt for metal reinforcements or a concrete basement floor. It’s also worth thinking about replacing things such as your roof shingles. Losing these can lead to significant issues. Instead, consider incorporating metal here, too. Most metal roofing options interlock, ensuring they can withstand strong winds. And, if your roof can stay in one piece, there’s more hope for the rest of your house.

 

A vantage point

In any battle like this, you want to find yourself a vantage point. That way, you can avoid underhand attacks, and keep an eye on things down below. And, surviving Mother nature is no different. Often, storm damage comes from below in the form of flooding. And, the best way to avoid that is to build above ground. Again, this doesn’t have to mean extreme renovation. But, simple things, like moving sockets up walls and raising heating systems, can make a huge difference.

 

 


A decent plan

Sometimes, beating this battle is about nothing more than a good plan. Mother Nature has the upper hand because she has the element of surprise. Despite our best efforts, we’re sometimes unprepared for what the weather brings. To make sure that doesn’t leave you vulnerable, you should have a plan in place. This means designating a safe room, and knowing how to get furniture into it. It could also mean putting up storm shutters, or locking windows and doors. Either way, you need to think this through well in advance. It’s the best way to be sure that nature will never get the chance to sneak through those defenses. You can be sure that, as soon as she does, it’ll be game over.

 

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