Take advantage of the calm before the storm to protect your property against preventable damage. These simple tasks will help minimize the headache and cost of a storm’s aftermath if it hits your neighborhood, and you will be glad you took precautions ahead of the game.
1. Nail Loose Boards or Shingles
Keep your home’s exterior in tact by fastening boards and shingles down. Neglect of one or two loose shingles could create a domino effect of pieces being ripped away in the storm, which inevitably leads to water damage beneath the surrounding surface.
Tip: Apply a dab of roofing sealant under each shingle and over the nailheads to resist leaks after you’ve refastened the pieces.
2. Board Up Windows
Safeguard your windows from high winds and flying debris with a single sheet of 1/2-inch or thicker plywood. Simply board up lower windows from the outside to ensure the glass withstands the storm without cracks or shattering. For second and third floor windows, cut the wood in half to make it easier to lift when on a ladder.
3. Bring in Patio Furniture
Avoid loss or damage to your belongings by bringing in any outdoor furniture or fixtures that aren’t secured down. Tables and chairs, grills, and kids’ toys could all become hazardous projectiles during extreme weather.
(This idea originally appeared in This Old House magazine. Author // Natalie Gingerich.)