Hurricane House Hardening 101
Hardening your home should begin now and is frequently combined with other #homerenovations, #homeadditions or other maintenance projects. As your #fortlauderdalerenovation and #hurricanehardening specialists, we can help you maximize the protection to your home.
By protecting and reinforcing six critical areas, you can strengthen the exterior of your house so wind forces and debris do not create large openings resulting in water intrusion from wind driven rain.
Soffits and attic vents
If your home was built prior to 2001 building code, contact your insurance agent to see what types of discounts are available to harden your home. Discounts could apply to roof covering, how your roof is attached, roof-to-wall connection, roof shape, roof secondary water resistance, shutters, impact windows/doors, etc. Insurance discounts typically cover the cost of the upgrades in a fairly short period of time. Ask your agent for a copy of their Replacement Cost Estimate (i.e. specific property list including foundation type, roof type, interior details, etc.) used to calculate your coverage amounts and be sure it accurately reflects your current situation.
We suggest you refer to the Florida Disaster Retrofit Guide intended to help you decide how to protect your home against the winds and rains of hurricanes. It is a great resource.
WHEN THE POWER IS DOWN
#SouthFlorida is no paradise with a storm power outage and it only takes one prolonged experience without power to consider investing in a generator. When completing any #fortlauderdalerenovation, a generator is a must. The link to Consumer Reports #generatorbuyingguide will help steer you in the right direction. Please pay particular attention to the 5 Tips to Keep Your Generator Running as a unit that does not work when labor and parts may be unavailable will spoil your carefully laid plan. Your #fortlauderdalerenovationexperts recommend you also elevate the generator at least to the level of your base floor in the event there is rising water around your home to protect it from rising water.