How to Protect Your Home Against Strong Winds
You might wonder why you need to protect your house against winds. After all, it’s just air. Except, these winds are capable of tearing down trees, destroying roofs, breaking windows, and causing lots of property damage. You’d be surprised to know that cyclone winds are responsible for 11% of deaths in the US.
Winds going at 50 miles per hour do isolated damage, and during thunderstorms, they reach the speed of 100 mph. Here’s what you can do to protect your home and your loved ones in the face of a storm.
Storm shutters protect your windows from flying debris, wind, and precipitation. You’ll find all kinds of storm shutters like impact windows made of laminated glass that don’t even scratch when hit with small debris.
You can opt for temporary or permanent storm shutters to prevent your windows from breaking. However, the only problem is that they’re costly.
Regular doors can be forced open by the wind; they can even come off their hinges if the wind is too strong. You can reinforce your main door and garage doors with more robust hinges. You’ll find small screws on the jamb side of your door hinge; replace these screws with larger ones.
Make sure to do this with your garage door, too, because it would be very troublesome if wind breaks through your garage and ruins your vehicle.
The roof is the most vital part of the house. If your roof is damaged due to strong winds, it can cause lots of damage and even cause injury. If your roof has shingles, regularly inspect it for loose ones and fix them immediately. You can use impact-resistance shingles or use an entirely metal roof. Metal roofing is more expensive, but it’s more durable and long-lasting.
You can also install wind barrier sheathing in your roof to eliminate any chance of water entering your home or wind tearing at the roof.
Use Wind Barrier Sheathing Panels
Sheathing boards are used in floors, walls, and roofs. Special-grade wind barrier sheathing boards are specifically manufactured for strong winds and natural disasters in mind. They are easy to install and resistant to extreme weather, moisture, and non-combustible.
If you use these boards throughout your house, you won’t have to worry about powerful winds damaging anything because these wind sheathing boards are airtight and can even withstand a tornado.
You can find wind barrier sheathing for your house from MagMatrix Boards. Our WindBarrier Fire-Rated Exterior Sheathing Board can withstand a wind speed of 350 miles per hour, even faster than a tornado!
We have fire-resistant, airtight, eco-friendly, and asbestos-free exterior cement board sheathing, fire-rated drywall and boards, magnesium oxide boards, and subflooring boards, and more.
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