Guest Post brought to you by Jon Parker, American Home Contractors
Storms are simply part of living in New Jersey, especially when it comes to hurricane season in August. New Jersey homes see damaging winds and flood-worthy rains, so it’s important to know how to prepare your home.
1. Have your roof and siding inspected. Your roof and siding can’t protect your home if they are already damaged. Have them inspected by a professional before a storm, and follow all recommendations for repairs.
2. Guard windows. Invest in storm shutters if you don’t already have them. Storm shutters provide the easiest and best protection for your windows. You can also create your own window covers from plywood or purchase protective hurricane film.
3. Perform yard maintenance. Fallen branches and other yard debris can become dangerous when mixed with strong winds. Clear your yard of rubble. Trim branches that overhang your roof, and prune dead plants.
4. Secure loose objects. Strong winds turn unsecured objects into hazardous projectiles. Secure any loose exterior objects or have them moved to the interior of your home or a shed.
5. Clean gutters. Backlogged gutters can cause water intrusions in your home. Help divert water properly by cleaning your gutters of all gunk and debris and ensuring they have no leaks.
Don’t leave your home defenseless. Do what you can to protect your home from a storm. However, storm damage can still occur. If a storm has damaged your roof or siding, contact our team at American Home Contractors for a seamless storm repair.