Most people would classify the following weather conditions as “bad”: ferocious thunderstorms, glacial snowstorms, high-speed winds, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
Inclement weather can make quick work of an unprepared home. Is your home equipped with the right armor to endure and deflect blows from Mother Nature’s army? If not, learn about some ways to protect your home from bad weather.
Sealcoat Your Driveway
A fresh sealcoat will give your driveway a shield to fend off anything Mother Nature tosses its way. It protects against the sun, rain, snow, and frost. Protection isn’t the only benefit that sealcoating provides, either. It’ll make your driveway practically impervious, but it’ll also give it an attractive gloss that will put the other driveways in the neighborhood to shame.
If it’s been a long time since you last sealed your driveway, what are you waiting for? ‘Tis the season for sealcoating—late spring and early summer provide optimal conditions for fast-drying sealer.
Install Exterior Shutters
The next way to protect your home from bad weather is to equip your home with exterior shutters, also known as storm shutters or hurricane shutters. The last thing you want is shattered glass flying everywhere during a storm. Thankfully, shutters keep that from happening.
Just like sealcoating, storm shutters provide practical benefits, but there are also a few cosmetic perks to having them installed on your home. They’ll keep fragile windowpanes from shattering during hail or high winds and bolster your home’s curb appeal—and with increased curb appeal comes increased value.
Keep a Generator on Standby
Is there a storm raging outside? You may not know if your entire home is pitch black. Blackouts are a common occurrence during storms. They result from broken or downed power lines. Most blackouts take a matter of hours to resolve, but some can last for days. This lack of electricity can lead to:
- Rotten food in the fridge
- Mold and insects that consider the rotten food a gourmet meal
- Burst pipes
- Zero or delayed access to emergency services
A trusty generator can come in handy in the event of a blackout, saving both your home and your sanity.