‘Tis the season for storms in South Texas. Storms that bring damaging floods, hail, tornadoes, and hurricanes. We promise, we aren’t trying to scare you! But the truth is that Texas sees more storms during the spring and summer months than any other time of the year. And if your home is not prepared for mother nature, bad things happen. Costly things happen. Just take it from our friend, Mr. McCarty, whose HardiePlank siding held up against a recent San Antonio hail storm while his roof and siding were severely damaged.

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Here are some ideas on how to prepare your home for mother nature:

  • 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.
Along with all those recommendations, you should also make some more long-lasting changes to your home’s basic structure. For instance, if your roof, windows, or siding or worn or weak, it’s important for you to seek replacements, or at least repairs, for any existing issues. 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. With South Texas storms upon us, 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.

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