Controlling Windstorm Damage By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 9/14/2017 Homeowners can suffer a magnificent amount of damage from windstorms and hurricanes. Homeowners can reduce their exposure to these losses by protecting the roof, windows, entry doors and garage doors. Roof Protections: Have your roof inspected to make sure that it’s up to code and has enough nails per shingle. Make sure gables are securely attached and reinforced to the frame walls. Consider installing hurricane clips, as they will prevent high winds from ripping off your roof. Entry Door Protections: Install solid wood or hollow metal doors with at least three hinges and a dead bolt lock. Window Protections: Install impact-resistant shutters on your large windows and glass doors. They will reduce damage caused by pressure changes when windows and doors break. These shutters also protect glass from wind-borne objects. Consider installing impact-resistant windows and patio doors. Garage Door Protections: Install single wide garage doors versus double wide doors because they are not as susceptible to wind damage due to their size. Choose heavy hinges to strengthen doors. Approximately 50 percent of all Americans live within 50 miles of a coastline and are consequently exposed to hurricanes. To prevent excess damage, plan for a storm by keeping your homeowners policy insured values up-to-date, purchase flood insurance and practice a family evacuation plan. When a storm hits, you may have only minutes to gather your most important belongings and leave your home, maybe for good, so it’s important to be prepared!