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Summer still has more than a month left and so far Houston has already experienced both severe flooding and record-breaking heat. Fortunately, we have not yet suffered a tropical storm or a hurricane, but in the midst of hurricane season, we don’t want to speak too soon.
With a strong El Niño developing in the Pacific, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that 2015 will be a below-average Atlantic hurricane season. Here at Window World of Houston, we could certainly use a reprieve from the harsh weather we’ve faced this summer, but we also err on the side of caution when it comes to preparing for the worst.
As residents of an unpredictable region, we live by the motto “better safe than sorry.” Even if we escape this hurricane season unscathed, we want to ensure we’re prepared for next year. In fact, most hurricane season preparations can last you for many years if you put in the initial effort.
At Window World of Houston there are a few key things we recommend for customers seeking to protect their home from harsh weather, including:
Assess the risks of your home. Do you live on a lot that is prone to flooding? Are you situated near the coast, making your home more vulnerable to damaging winds? It’s important to know the risk factors and vulnerabilities associated with your home’s location so that you can purchase adequate insurance.
Know the condition of your exterior. Are your windows and doors in good shape? Are your foundation and roof crack-free? All of these pieces are crucial in protecting the interior of your home, and the people in it, from severe weather. If parts of your exterior need replacing or appear worn, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible to eliminate the risk of damage in your house.
Invest in sturdy materials for your home. Not only is it important to make sure the exterior of your home is functional, but also that it provides the right level of protection. For example, residents who live in regions with threatening weather may want to invest in hurricane-impact windows to eliminate the need for putting up window coverings every season. Or, those who experience extreme temperatures may be interested in energy-efficient products that keep temperatures constant.
Devise a plan. Does your family have a plan together in case of emergency? It’s always good to have an emergency kit containing essential medicines, toiletries, flashlights and batteries in case of power outage or other inconveniences associated with natural disasters. It’s also a good precaution to create an evacuation plan should you be forced to evacuate from your home.
In the wake of this summer’s severe flooding, Window World of Houston helped a lot of families restore their Houston homes. If you would like our help proactively protecting your home, we would love to be of assistance. Contact us today to learn more about the durability of our products or to request a free in-home estimate!