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Making home improvements in preparation for severe weather

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:42:19 PM

Many parts of America are struck by stormy seasons, whether it be hurricanes, tornadoes or blizzards.

Making modifications to houses in preparations of upcoming dangerous weather has become somewhat of an annual tradition for many homeowners, and can be easily facilitated with home improvement loans. In order to secure a residential structure, owners should consider reinforcing a number of areas in addition to gathering emergency provisions.

Windows
While they may add pleasing aesthetics to many rooms within a home, windows can turn deadly during storms with high winds. Securing plywood over windows will reduce the risk of glass shattering and hurting those inside during a storm.

Doors
Solid wood doors are normally very resistant to extreme weather, but it is a good idea to install additional deadbolt locks to ensure the door remains in place. Door frames should also be examined and anchored to the wall.

Roofs
These are the commonly-overlooked, but vital, parts of a house which offer protection during inclement weather. Installing a covering designed to resist high winds, and sealing all roof sheathing joints with a rubberized asphalt tape is a good precaution.

Those looking to make improvements to their homes without accruing debt are encouraged to pursue financing through Home Loan Investment Bank, which offers clients a wide range of residential lending opportunities.