From tornadoes and hurricanes to severe rain and snowstorms, no home is immune to wind damage. Even wind gusts from an afternoon thunderstorm can loosen shingles and bring down weakened tree limbs. Better prepare for bad weather with these tips to protect your home from wind damage.

1. Inspect the Roof

Don’t wait for an approaching storm to make sure you have a healthy and secure roof. Protect your home by hiring a contractor to inspect the roof for missing or cracked shingles and other damaged components. If you live in an area prone to high winds, install additional truss bracing.

2. Secure Windows and Doors to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage

As part of ongoing maintenance, make sure windows and doors are sealed and caulked. It’s a good idea to install storm shutters or store them where they’re easy to install when needed. This is a must for hurricane and tornado-prone areas. Reinforce your garage door. High-winds can cause it to bend or collapse.

3. Secure Outbuildings and Outdoor Gear

Strong winds can turn storage buildings, garden sheds, and outdoor furniture into projectiles. Secure outbuildings without permanent foundations using tie-downs and anchors designed for mobile homes. Move grills, patio furniture, and children’s toys indoors when you know a storm is approaching.

4. Protect Your Home from Wind Damage: Repair Loose Siding

Inspect your home’s exterior siding regularly for loose pieces that could be caught in a strong wind. Siding that is ripped off will leave the exterior of your home exposed. Protect your home from wind damage by securing the siding before storm season.

5. Check Gutters and Drainage Systems

Keeping gutters and drainage systems clean is important to prevent water damage to roofs and siding. The channels of your guttering will accumulate leaves, twigs, and other debris. This debris needs to be removed at least twice a year to allow water to flow freely through the guttering. If you’re expecting a storm, check and clean gutters and downspouts before and after windy weather.

6. Keep Trees Trimmed to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage

Everyone loves a yard with shade trees. But the more trees, the more likely your property will be damaged by strong storms. Tree trimming is part of good home maintenance. Make sure to pay attention to trees near the house, fencing, and utility wires. Plant trees away from the house at a distance that matches or exceeds the expected height of the fully grown tree.

7. Wind Mitigation Inspection

Wind mitigation consists of strategies designed to reduce damage to your home from strong wind events. In many states, especially those in storm-prone areas, insurance companies offer discounts or credits for homeowners who undergo inspections by a certified inspector. These professionals will inspect your home and property for wind damage susceptibility. They can also offer advice on how to better prepare your property for strong winds

Veterans First Home Inspections offers inspection services, including wind mitigation inspections, to customers in the Washington, DC area. Contact us to request an appointment.