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Is Your Home Ready to Weather The Perfect Storm?

Posted 06/11/2015 11:53 am by

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When it comes to buying a house in an area prone to heavy storms or hurricanes and tornadoes, buyers like to see that their future home is built to withstand the worst of these disasters. However, even if you have no intention of selling your existing home or buying a new one in the near future, consider some of these changes to make your home safer for you and your family.

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Wind

 

For places with wind speeds that exceed 110 miles per hour, the 2003 International Residential Code announced that those houses must meet certain standards to combat storms. One story houses are less likely to be impacted by high winds, and a hip roof is recommended over a gable roof. A moderately pitched roof slope is the best way to go.

 

Water

 

The best protection against water incursion is a strong and steady roof. Even in areas with strong winds, water usually causes the most damage during a storm. Extending a fascia board to a 1 by 6 will make the water drip off the sides of the house even if winds try to push it towards the center of the roof. Wind-resistant asphalt shingles are the most expensive ($10,000 – $15,000), but they work the best for keeping water from leaking through.

 

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