As we know, our home is usually the biggest investment we make, so for those who live on the coast, it is important that we take the right precautions to protect your home and that investment, whether we are building a new structure or making changes to an existing home.
Although we are nearing the end of the official hurricane season (June 1st through November 30th), it shouldn’t be the end of protecting your home and property from loss due to coastal storms
Any time you build or modify a structure in a coastal community, it’s important to prepare yourself for future hurricanes and other treacherous coastal storms.
Ben Franklin of Long Horn Remodeling and Maintenance makes these suggestions:
“If you plan to do an extension, install a patio cover or carport, or simply change your windows or doors, you will want to make sure that these changes are done correctly so that there will be less chance of damage in case of a hurricane or other coastal storm. Furthermore if wind damage does occur it is important that these changes are covered by your insurance. In order to be sure that you are covered certain regulations must be followed. I recommend you find a contractor who is aware of and follows the wind storm codes.”
Whether your home is in a coastal area or not preventative maintenance is critical to the health of your home. Regular preventative maintenance of your home can save you time and money in the long run. Taking the time to inspect your home’s interior and exterior and performing routine maintenance can save you from repair costs down the road.
Jim Neidner of Neidner Construction/Remodeling Inc suggests doing your home care and maintenance on a monthly or yearly basis. He says” If you take care of your home; your home will take care of you by saving you money.”
“When checking your roof for missing or damaged shingles check the step flashing around your chimney. If you don’t feel safe climbing on the roof, get a pair of binoculars and look your shingles and flashing over. You don’t want water penetration.
Clean your gutters several times a year especially if you have a lot of hardwood and pine trees. Stopped up gutters can let water into the soffit areas, which can run down your perimeter walls and allow moisture inside the wall cavities. When this happens your insulation could get wet and support mold and mildew growth.
Examine the exterior of your home and look for split, bucked or cracked siding. Repair as needed, then caulk and repaint using top-of-the-line paints. Look for mold and mildew and clean before you re-paint. Clean before you paint or re-paint siding with a bleach mixture to remove any mold and mildew.
Garage doors always seem to come off their tracks at the wrong time. Keep your garage overhead doors in good working condition by oiling the tracks and tightening any loose screws and nuts.”
Doing a little preventative TLC around your home now will save you time and money in the future.”
The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.