Hurricane Season in Florida

It’s no secret that Florida is prone to some wild tropical weather patterns. For many Florida homeowners, hurricane season is the only downside to living near the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Weather officials declare a tropical storm a hurricane when its sustained wind speeds are at least 74 miles per hour—and that’s just for “calmer” category one storms. At their deadliest stage, category five, hurricanes have a minimum wind speed of 155 miles per hour. 

In terms of number of single-family homes in jeopardy of sustaining hurricane damage, Florida ranks number one in the United States.  Not surprisingly, it also tops the list of states with the most reconstruction costs as a result of hurricane damage.

Weathering the Storm

Help weather the storm during a hurricane by being prepared for an emergency

Weathering the Storm

In preparing for a hurricane, you may want to start by purchasing supplies and safeguarding valuables. Some of these action items include:

 

  • Stock the pantry
  • Fill up the gas tank
  • Buy an emergency kit
  • Secure valuables and important documents

 

The other major thing you’ll want to do is make sure your home is not vulnerable to the elements. If you have any loose tree limbs or landscaping messes, take the time to clean them up. It’s important to make sure that as little debris as possible will be swept up towards your home.

The last thing you want during hurricane season is a set of weak windows at risk of incurring damage. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused $41.1 billion worth of insured losses on the coast, mostly to homes.

Many homeowners opt to secure windows with either slabs of plywood or shutters. If you are considering window upgrades, however, you should look into purchasing windows designed to protect against tropical storm damage. The Roof Guys offer many window and lighting options that have hurricane season built into the design.

The Roof Guys Solutions

With the frequency of hurricanes in Florida, it’s important to properly prepare your home to withstand high wind speeds. Windows are without a doubt the most vulnerable points on a house, often cracking when hit by projectiles and debris which are hurled about by the storms.

The Roof Guys have lighting options available which inherently provide more hurricane protection than traditional products. This includes our No Leak Skylight which has three layers of protection from the elements.

At The Roof Guys, we offer Solatube lighting products which offer extremely high-quality and durable materials to protect the inside of your home from rain leaks, even during hurricane season. The flashings on our solar lights are dome-shaped and help slick rain away from the fixture seals.

Whether building a new home or updating an existing one, you should consider making the structure more hurricane resistant if you can. Due to the speed of these storms, you may not always have ample time to prepare. 

Our Solatube home solar lighting system and skylights will take some of the worry out of weathering hurricane season in Florida. With products and services from The Roof Guys, however, you can be sure that your home will be more functional and ready to withstand high winds and heavy rain.

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