11 Ways on How to Protect Your Property from Wind, Flood, and Storm Surge

The City of Jacksonville is always looking for ways to protect our community.

One of the biggest ways is through a Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS). 

Mitigation (according to FEMA) is defined as…

“The effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disaster and other hazards.

For mitigation to be effective, you need to take action now—before the next disaster.

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) determined in a 2018 Interim Report that every $1 invested in protecting your home can save up to $6 in damage expenses.

Wind, flood, and storm surge are the 3 biggest hazards that are common to Florida. Below are some mitigation projects that you might need to address before the storm. 

How to Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

  • 1. Consider installing storm shutters for all large windows and glass doors
  • 2. Consider a new roof with hurricane-rated shingles, or standing seam rated metal
  • 3. Make sure roof is fastened to the structure with hurricane straps or clips
  • 4. Install head and foot bolts on double entry doorways
  • 5. Use a security deadbolt with one-inch minimum bolt on all exterior doors
  • 6. Consider hurricane-resistant doors, or reinforce existing doors with brace kits (available at most hardware stores)

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How to Protect Your Home From Flood & Storm Surge

  • 7. Keep gutters and drains free of debris
  • 8. Stockpile emergency protective materials such as sandbags
  • 9. Elevate water heater, electric panel, and heating/cooling systems if susceptible to flooding
  • 10. Dry Floodproofing, which means making a building watertight through the use of waterproof membranes, backflow valves, and other measures
  • 11. Wet Floodproofing, which means modifying uninhabited portions of your home to allow floodwaters to enter and exit

Plan ahead and don’t be caught unaware.

Know the hazards, make a disaster plan with your family, and assemble an emergency supply kit. Take time now to learn more about designated shelters and identify your best sources for up-to-date emergency information.

Signs of Roof Damage

Numerous factors can cause significant damage to your roof including falling objects, animals and weather, especially heat, cold and wind. The area of the roof that is damaged can easily compromise the home’s structural support and encourage the growth of mildew and mold. By recognizing the signs of your home’s roof damage allows you to repair a minor roof problem long before it becomes something serious requiring major, extensive repairs. Broken_Shingles

Performing an inspection of your home’s roof should be done from the ground using binoculars, if possible. Never walk on a potentially damaged roof because of the risk involved. Only a license, roofing contractor should do that.

Specific Signs to Look For

There are specific signs that you can look for to determine if there is any potential damage to your home’s roof. These signs include:

  • Shingles that are split, curled or blistered

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Roof Maintenance Saves You Money

Any time a roof is damaged, the problem can often lead to more significant, and costlier, expenses. Shingles can easily be ripped away from the home during wind and rainstorms. The rays of hot sunshine can quickly damage roofing materials, as can the harmful effects of snow and ice. Ignoring roof repairs usually means the homeowner will have to replace the entire roof instead of simply repairing minor issues. Home_Inspection

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Roof Colors – How to Choose

Selecting the right roof colors for your home can significantly add to its curb appeal. Often times, homeowners rarely consider their roof shingle’s color when replacing the roof by a licensed professional roofing contractor. However, selecting the best shingle color can create a beautiful new look for the home, especially when it helps accentuate the overall exterior appear and landscaping scheme.

The Home’s Exterior Color

If the house’s exterior is painted stucco, vinyl or brick, it is critical to choose the best contrasting roof shingle color to enhance the beauty of the home. The selection of the shingle’s color rarely has any additional impact on the overall cost of replacing the roof. Therefore, it makes sense to view many shingle samples at the home to choose the one that best complements or contrast the home’s exterior color.

The Home’s Exterior Trim

The chosen shingle color should complement or contrast the home’s exterior trim. Each small shingle sample should be held up to the exterior trim to see what colors best complements the look. bigstock-Colorful-Roof-Tiles-64770817

The Location of the Home

For many homeowners, the overall look of the neighborhood will help determine exactly the best roof colors to select from. Other roof colors in the neighborhood usually complement each other. Only if the roof color selection helps the house stand out from the other homes in the area in a good way, should it be selected. The homeowner should take every other color in the neighborhood into consideration before selecting the roof color for their home.

The Style of the Home

The style of the home can play a significant role in determining the best roof shingle color. Any Spanish-style house should follow the traditional color schemes of that specific architectural style. Selecting a color that varies greatly from a traditional color scheme can be a wrong choice when the roof is installed. Home decorating magazines offer valuable assistance in determining the best choices for exterior shingle colors.

Assistance from a Contractor

Selecting the best roof color for your home can be greatly simplified by using the assistance of a licensed, roofing professional. Most contractors will have extensive experience in helping homeowners select the best colors from a wide range of options.

Replacing a roof is never a process that should be taken lightly. As one of the more important home improvements any homeowner can make, selecting the best materials and colors is a critical step to being completely satisfied with the job.