How to Hurricane Proof a Building

If you live in an area that experiences hurricanes, tornadoes, or other storms that create strong winds and rain, it’s important to hurricane proof your building. Winds can cause significant damage to homes and commercial buildings and cause risk to your personal safety. Here are steps you can take to hurricane proof your building.

Protect Windows

Strong winds, especially hurricane-force winds, can do damage to the windows of buildings. If windows break, this can cause extensive damage to the building inside and out. To protect your windows from hurricane-force winds, you can invest in hurricane-resistant or storm-proof windows.

Hurricane-resistant windows are created to help a building survive winds of 200-mile-per-hour winds (a category 5 hurricane). If hurricane-resistant windows aren’t an option, you can also invest in hurricane-shutters. Windows, doors, and garage doors are all weak points of a building that are susceptible to wind and flying debris.

When any of these come off and strong winds are able to build up pressure inside the building, which can result in the roof lifting. When hurricane proofing your windows, it’s also a good idea to look into hurricane-resistant doors.

Protect the Foundation

With hurricanes come a lot of rain. Your foundation needs to be protected from excess moisture. The best way to do this is to provide adequate drainage for water so that it doesn’t do damage to the foundation. Drainage should include gutters that are free and clear of debris so that the water can flow through smoothly.

Downspouts should extend far from the building so that the water drains a good distance from the foundation. If the downspouts drain close to the building, consider installing downspout extenders. French drainage and footing drainage are other options that will help keep as much water away from the building as possible.

When the foundation of a building is compromised, the building’s integrity will be as well. Exterior waterproofing should also be considered as they will help drain remove sudden surges of water from your property more quickly. These types of waterproofing can include: sub-surface drainage, channel drains, and drywells.

Protect the Roof

The roof of a building can be a threat if damaged during a hurricane. If it should come loose, the rest of the building will in turn become a weakened. You can help to prevent this by using a metal roof, which is highly resistant to strong winds. It is also important to anchor the roof to prevent it from becoming detached during a hurricane. A roof can be anchored through the walls to the foundation. There are different methods that can be used to anchor a roof. It’s important that the method used provides high force resistance.

During a hurricane, a building can be damaged in a number of ways. A building that is located in a hurricane zone, or where strong storms are common, needs to be protected as much as possible to avoid damage and the costs that come along with it.

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