Spring is a great time in Amarillo. The grass has started to turn green. The flowers are blooming. However, the winds are blowing — hard — sometimes at hurricane-strength. It is therefore essential for an Amarillo and Texas Panhandle homeowner to know how to protect their home from springtime wind damage.
What is the first step in securing your home against wind damage?
The first thing homeowners need to do is talk with their homeowners' insurance company. It is critical that they verify the sorts of damage the policy covers. Their policy may cover some kinds of wind damage, but not others.
The roof structure is particularly susceptible to the effects of high winds. Here are a few things to check:
Before a wind storm approaches, take a quick look at the roof shingles. If any are loose, it is a good idea to secure them before the winds pick up.
Verify the roof sheathing is properly secured. The best way to do that is to go up into the attic and check that the nails securing the sheathing actually hit rafters. If you find a large number of nails either missing the rafters or only hitting the edge, you may need to re-nail the panel.
Check that the end gables have bracing. These gables can sustain damage during wind storms. Bracing these end gables is an easy job that will prevent or minimize damage to this critical part of the roof structure.
Consider having hurricane straps installed between the roof trusses and the wall structure. Yes, Amarillo is far from the coast, but the winds in this area are of hurricane strength. It’s not surprising to see winds upwards of 50 mph one day, fueling potential grass fires, and then light, calm breezes the next.
What else should you do to secure the home against wind damage?
Doors and windows are particularly susceptible to high winds. Double entry doors should have upper and lower bolts that help give the doors vertical strength in the center.
Install and use storm shutters on days with the highest winds. Flying debris can easily go through a window.
Secure your garage door. These doors are a particularly vulnerable point in many homes during wind storms. Here are a few options for making this entry less vulnerable:
- Purchase a wind-resistant garage door. These doors are rated to withstand winds up to 150 mph. They protect your garage, its contents, and your roof from damage.
- Add vertical braces to the door. These braces install into your existing door and help provide vertical stability to the door.
- Install hurricane panels during high-wind storms. These panels install on tracks or secured with clips or screws. They provide a tough barrier to flying debris and offer vertical stability.
Install garage door netting during high-wind storms, too. This fabric netting helps to catch debris before it can damage the garage door.
Where can you get a wind-resistant garage door in Amarillo?
If you need help securing your home's garage door against high winds, contact Willow Creek Overhead Door. Our Amarillo garage door company has full selection of garage doors and garage door accessories available, including sturdy, durable wind-resistant doors.