Renovating Your Central Florida Home?
Consider Adding Some Hurricane-Proofing
As the Coronavirus continues forcing people to “stay home and stay safe,” the thought of renovating has crossed the minds of many who now require home office space, as well as an area for the kids’ online learning.
But if you live in Orlando or the surrounding Central Florida area, there is a potential danger lurking that should also be considered when updating your home – and that is hurricane proofing. In Florida, hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 1st, with August and September primarily being the most volatile.
Even though Central Florida is quite a few miles from either of the coasts, the high winds and rain – even from a Category 1 hurricane – can certainly pack a punch. With that in mind, there are some key areas where “an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure” – or in this case, the avoidance of a whole lot of damage repair.
One of these is the windows. There are a couple of possible approaches you can take for ensuring that glass remains in-tact, and in turn, that your home doesn’t sustain any interior wind or water damage if a window should break.
Consider Hurricane Resistant Windows and doors
Here, impact-resistant windows and doors feature an extra-strong framing and glazing that basically “sandwiches” a layer of plastic laminate between two layers of glass. According to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), these door and window options can provide homeowners with the best protection.
The garage door is another area that could easily give way, providing an inroad for winds and water to go directly into the home. Therefore, it is recommended that code-approved garage doors with stanchions for holding the frame to the ground and to the header be considered.
As an added protection from a dangerous hurricane or other weather-related disaster, many homeowners are adding safe rooms. These rooms can be particularly beneficial in properties that do not have basements.
Contact LP Design & Renovation
If you’re considering a renovation for your Orlando or Central Florida home, talk to us about how you can obtain the updates that you’re seeking, while at the same time keeping yourself and your family safe.
5 Ways to Provide Built-In Hurricane Protection. HGTV. https://www.hgtv.com/design/remodel/mechanical-systems/5-ways-to-provide-built-in-hurricane-protection