Texas is visited by numerous storms, tornados, and other severe weather systems every year. According to San Antonio’s local government, when preparing for such events, residents must seek shelter in sturdy structures. For those who want to remain in their homes, the following steps should be taken:
- Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
If you want the best protection, purchase only James Hardie products. They can withstand up to 150mph winds and can resist damage from hailstorms and even debris thrown by hurricanes. Moreover, unlike ordinary vinyl siding, James Hardie siding is non-combustible and comes in thicker variants for better impact resistance.
Therefore, if you’re looking for San Antonio siding replacement, look for Southwest Exteriors because they’ve completed more than 3,000 James Hardie siding projects since 1997. With climate change beating down on the country, weather systems are becoming more dangerous. Don’t allow your home to fall into disrepair; upgrades you make now will ensure that your family will be kept safe in the event of a natural disaster.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Hurricanes, City of San Antonio)
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