Bracing for the Storm The upcoming hurricane season in Orlando has many homeowners wonder what more they can do to protect their home, families, and assets from the violent hurricanes that could approach. Hurricanes, with their ferocious winds and torrential downpours can wreak great havoc among the homes in the Orlando area. Be Prepared But those homeowners who are fully prepared for the upcoming hurricane season have less to fear than those who are not. Becoming adequately prepared for the hurricane season can entail a multitude of things, such as preparing and compiling an emergency supply kit in the home, implementing and emergency action plan and teaching it to every member of the family, and preparing the home itself for the beating that a hurricane can dish out. To make preparations to protect the home, a homeowner in Orlando should consider beginning by securing and reinforcing their garage door, if they have one. Mistakenly, many people believe that the roof of the home is the most susceptible place for damage during a hurricane and the most likely location on the structure to fail, leading to internal damage within the home. But the truth is that it is the garage door of a home that is the most susceptible to damages from a hurricane and is more likely to fail than the roof during a hurricane. If the garage door of a home fails during a hurricane, or in other words, if the garage door gives in to the pressure of the storm and breaks open, than the full power of the storm can enter the home and destroy positions and assets. Securing Your Home Properly For this reason, securing the garage door should be the first priority of any homeowner in Orlando. A homeowner can secure their garage door by purchasing and installing garage door reinforces that can be found at most home improvement stores. With the garage door reinforced, the homeowner preparing against the coming hurricane season should turn to the doors and windows of the home. Similarly to the garage door, if the door and windows of a home give out during a hurricane, it is much more likely that internal damages will be done to the items within the home. Additionally, if doors and windows of the home fail the resulting pressure of the hurricane winds that have entered the home combined with the alternative pressures of the storm outside the home can cause the roof of the home to be lifted off either partially or entirely. A homeowner can improve the strength of their doors and windows by either installing upgraded doors or windows that have been designed to withstand hurricane winds or by simply boarding up windows and doors if a hurricane approaches. Finally, a homeowner in Orlando should tend to the security of their roof to prevent it from failing during a hurricane. Additional braces and supports may be needed and should be installed where need to prevent the roof from failing to protect the home during a storm. With all of the physical preparations for a hurricane in place, a homeowner may wish to upgrade their homeowners insurance in Orlando to cover potential damages to both the home itself and to items and assets that are housed within it.
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