Storm seasons aren't like what they used to be. Although there are always variations in any weather season, unseasonably warm, pollen-triggering winter days and bitterly cold days in what used to be summer have become more common. With these smaller patterns, it becomes harder to track odd storms or prepare your building properly. To stay ready for storm situations and to give yourself a bit more time by cutting out organization and inventory, consider a few of these storm preparation details.
Pre-Storm Preparation Steps
Many buildings prepare for hurricanes and tornadoes with a few of the same techniques. Boarding up windows and doors, moving lightweight objects indoors or out of the open, and tying down larger objects that could still go airborne in the most severe storm situations are a few of the more common steps.
You can enhance upon these techniques by gathering some better materials. Instead of using boards, consider using storm shutters that are rated for hurricane and tornado winds. These products can be open and shut like normal shutters, but are made of metal and thick enough to act as a reinforced barrier upon impact. This means a stronger protection method than just a few boards, and an adjustable decoration that looks better than a few nailed-up planks.
Roofing materials need consideration as well. If your area has been prone to more storms than usual, avoid shingles and opt for heavier materials such as stone shakes, or wider roofing materials such as single or wide-unit metal roofing.
Shingles are lightweight, and although they can be secured to withstand storm winds better than the standard tack and tar method, they're still a risk as they flap and tear away.
Post-Storm Recovery Planning
Before the storm, plan for what happens after the storm. Never assume that your preparation steps will be perfect and able to nullify any other problem. This isn't the time to wax poetic about perfect planning or thinking of additional steps; natural is powerful, chaotic, and always has a few tricks that have yet to be seen.
Instead, make sure to have the number of a good roofing contractor, a good electrician, and a good storm debris removal team in your phone's contact list. It's better to interview these professionals before the storm happens so that you're not stuck figuring out who to trust when everyone in the area is tying up the phone lines of every professional.
Have an inventory for your building's common exterior materials. A brand, model, size, and color for objects such as roofing materials, vinyl siding, bricks, windows, or doors can help you either track down a replacement quickly or have a faster reference for choosing a close enough replacement.
Contact a roofing company to discuss other ways to stay prepared before the storm.
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